Visa policy of Panama

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Panamanian visa

Visitors to Panama require a visa unless they are citizens of one of the eligible countries who do not require a visa for up to 180 days. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 3 months.[1]

On December 28, 2016, President Juan Carlos Varela decreed that the immigration authorities of the National Immigration Service will issue tourist visas valid for a term not greater than 90 days (three months);[2] however, it was later clarified that did not change the situation for those who can enter visa-free for 180 days.[3][4]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Panama

Visa exemption[edit]

Holders of passports of the following 118 jurisdictions do not require a visa to visit Panama:[5]

  1. ^ Including holders of U.S. Re-entry Permit (form I-327) and Employment Authorization Card (form I-766) with the remark "Valid for re-entry to the U.S." or "Serves as I-512 advance parole"
  2. ^ Nations qualified for simplified permanent residency program.

Holders of diplomatic, official or service passports of  China (including passport for public affairs holders),  Cuba,  Dominican Republic,  Haiti and  Philippines do not require a visa.

In addition, all passengers with a national ID card or a birth certificate issued by Panama do not need a visa, regardless of passports they use to travel.

Third-country visas or residence documents[edit]

As per Executive Decree 521, signed by President Varela on 6 August 2018, nationalities who normally need to apply for a Panamanian visa will be exempted for 90 days if they hold a multiple-entry visa valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry, or permanent residency documents issued by any of the following countries:[10]

Panama Friendly Nations Visa[edit]

In 2012, the Government of Panama launched the Friendly Nations Visa. The visa is open to the citizens of fifty countries deemed to have positive diplomatic and economic ties to Panama. To qualify, the citizens of those countries must present professional or economic ties to Panama.[11] Once the applicant demonstrates those ties, they are eligible for permanent residency and a work permit in Panama. After three to five years, holders of this visa can apply for Panamanian citizenship.

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Panama via Tocumen International Airport were from the following countries of nationality:[12][13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Embassy of Panama in Washington D.C." Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ "News" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Javier Carrillo: "Venezolanos pueden permanecer seis meses como turistas en Panamá" - El Venezolano de Panamá". 16 January 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Janine Sullivan". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  6. ^ "" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  7. ^ "Monthly statement" (PDF). 2006.
  8. ^ "Info" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Panamá solicitará visa a ciudadanos venezolanos". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Data" (PDF).
  11. ^ Arias; Fábrega; Holness, Fábrega-Vivian. "A general introduction to immigration law and policy in Panama". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  12. ^ "atp" (PDF). Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Estadísticas de Turismo en Panamá". Retrieved 9 April 2018.