The front cover and inside page of a Panamanian biometric passport.
|Date first issued||01/06/2014 (biometric passport)|
|Type of document||Passport|
|Eligibility requirements||Panamanian citizenship|
|Expiration||5 years after acquisition|
|Cost||$100 (ordinary) / $180 (frequent traveler)|
Panamanian passports are issued to Panamanian citizens to travel outside of Panama. Panamanian citizens enjoy visa-free access to approximately 100 countries and territories.
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The cover of the passport has a dark blue background. The front part of the cover has the words "REPUBLICA DE PANAMA" (Republic of Panama) on top, the coat of arms of Panama in the middle, and the word "PASAPORTE" (passport) on the bottom. All of this is outlined in a golden color. The back part of the cover only has the blue background.
Identity information page
- Country code
- Passport number
- Given names
- Place of birth
- Issuing office
- Date of birth
- ID number
- Date of issue
- Date of expiry
The passport contains 29 pages for visas.
All passports contain the following message:
- El Gobierno de la República de Panamá solicita a quien concierna, todas las atenciones que se requieren para el portador de este pasaporte, si necesita asistencia o protección fuera del territorio Nacional.
- The Government of the Republic of Panama, requests to whom it may concern, all the possible attentions that may be required to the bearer of this passport, if any assistance or protection is needed outside the National territory.
Panama unveiled an electronic passport, in late 2012, with a supposed implementation in 2013, in either March, or October.  Because of this, it was necessary to present a travel reservation to request a passport for the first time; older, expired passports (with expiration dates after December 2007) merely had their validity extended.
In January 2014 Panama finally started issuing electronic passports to its citizens. Its cost increased from $50 to $100, and the inside contains images of recent government projects.
Pavlo Lazarenko scandal
In 1998 Pavlo Lazarenko, the former Prime minister of Ukraine was arrested as he tried to enter Switzerland. He was found to be carrying an apparently valid Panamanian passport, although Ukrainian citizenship did not permit dual nationality.
- Council regulation 539/2001 
- Council regulation 1932/2006 
- Council regulation 539/2001 consolidated version, 19.1.2007 
- List of nationals who do need a visa to visit the UK .
- List of countries whose passport holders do not require visas to enter Ireland .
- Embassy of Panama in Washington D.C. http://www.embassyofpanama.org
- See also http://www.embassyofpanama.org/cms/registry2.php for Canal Zone registry.
- Panama's Immigration and Naturalization Department http://www.migracion.gob.pa
- List of countries whose passport holders do and do not need visas to travel to Panama http://www.embassyofpanama.org/pdf/consulate_documents/clasificacion_de_visas.pdf from the Embassy of Panama in Washington D.C.
- See also http://www.mire.gob.pa Panama's foreign affairs ministry. (Spanish page only)
- For Passport applications and procedures http://www.gobiernoyjusticia.gob.pa Panama's government and justice ministry (Spanish page only)
- Panama Passport Agency (Spanish page only) http://www.pasaporteordinario.gob.pa/