When entering the country, you must show the following documents to the Inspector of the National Office of Immigration and Naturalization:
List of countries that do not require a stamped visa to enter Panama
Please note that recent modifications were conducted to the Panamanian Immigration laws:
The latest migration updates as of 9 January 2013 has classified the following countries as non-required a stamped visa:
Antigua and Barbuda, Germany, Angola, Andorra, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Bolivia, Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Belgium, Butane, Brunei, Belarus, Bulgaria, Botswana, Belize Cape Verde, Canada, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, South Korea, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Spain, United States of America (USA), Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Estonia, France, Fiji, Finland, Guatemala, Georgia, Gabon, Granada, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Marshal Islands, Comoros Islands, Solomon Islands, Italy, Island, Ireland, Japan, Jamaica, Kuwait, Kenya, Kiribati, Lithuania, Lithonia, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Moldova, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Montenegro, Micronesia, Madagascar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nauru, Norway, The Netherlands, Paraguay, Palau, Papua New Guiney, Peru, Poland , Portugal, Qatar, Taiwan, Saharawi Republic, Great Britain, Czech republic, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Santa Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, The Vatican, Seychelles, Serbia, Switzerland, Singapore, Saint Thomas and Prince (Sao Tome e Principe), Sweden, South Africa, Samoa, San Marino, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and all Panamanian citizens living overseas.
If your country does not appear on this list, you can obtain a tourist visa valid for 90 days in the Panamanian consulate in your country by complying with the following requirements:
List of countries that require authorized visa or tourist card to enter Panama
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bangladesh, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Eritrea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guiney-Brazzaville, Guiney-Bissau, Equatorial Guiney, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazajstan, Kirgizstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Nepal, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, North Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, People’s Republic of China, Swaziland, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Tunez, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia and Yemen.
The tourist card is valid for 30 days. If you choose to stay longer, request an extension 7 days prior to the expiration of the first 30 days at the migration office. For more information visit: www.migracion.gob.pa. If you are willing to extend your stay in Panama up to 90 days, make sure to visit the immigration office in Panama City, David or Chitre, which are the only offices that can issue an extension, prior at least two weeks before the expiration of 30 days. It might take you some time to collect all necessary documents for the extension.
List of countries that require stamped visa to enter Panama
Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, Malawi, Russian Federation, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Swaziland, Togo and Zimbabwe.
If your country is not listed above, contact your nearest Panamanian Consulate or Embassy or the Panamanian Immigration office Tel: + (507) 507 - 1800 or at Fax: + (507) 507 – 1941.
For information regarding Pensioned and other Residence Visas, 2nd Passports, etc, please click here.
You may enter Panama with 200 cigarettes and 3 bottles of liquor tax free. If you try to leave Panama with articles made from endangered species you may be severely punished.
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