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Visa Requirements for US Passport Holders – Panama (Republic of Panama)

US citizens must have a valid passport when entering Panama by air. All passports must have at least 3 months remaining validity. Those who will be entering Panama by sea must also have a valid US passport or proof of US citizenship and a government-issued ID.

US travelers who opt not to secure a visa prior to traveling must purchase a tourist card upon arrival at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama. The tourist card costs US $30.00. It is valid for 30 days but can be extended up to 90 days. The tourist must apply for an extension at the Office of Migration before the 30-day period expires. Travelers purchasing the Tourist Card must be able to present an onward or return ticket.

The Panamanian government permits all US travelers or tourists to remain in Panama for a maximum of 90 days, without extension. If the traveler wishes to stay longer, a change in migratory status visa must be requested through a Panamanian lawyer before the allowed 90-day stay expires. An initial fee of US $250 must be paid for the change in migratory status visa. The approval of the request is solely under the discretion of the Panamanian Immigration Office.

A stamped visa may also be applied for prior to the scheduled trip. Stamped visas are multiple entry visas valid for 5 years with a maximum 90 days stay per entry. If applying for a stamped visa, the following should be submitted at the Consular Office of the Embassy of Panama.

Tourist Visa

  • Valid passport
  • 1 visa application form, completely filled out and signed
  • 2 passport size photos, recent
  • Proof of sufficient funds to travel to Panama: bank statement
  • Copy of the latest Panama visa (if applicable)
  • Confirmed Itinerary or return or onward ticket
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination if arriving from infected areas

Business Visa

  • Valid passport
  • 1 visa application form, completely filled out and signed
  • 2 passport size photos, recent
  • Letter from local employer stating the nature and duration of the trip
  • Letter from the host company in Panama
  • Confirmed Itinerary or return or onward ticket
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination if arriving from infected areas

US citizens traveling through the Panama Canal but are not disembarking from the ship are not required to obtain a visa or purchase a tourist card and report to customs office. But if the passenger wishes to disembark, a tourist card must be purchased from the cruise line or a visa secured prior to traveling.

Please note that visa and entry requirements may change without prior notice. Additional documents may be requested when deemed necessary.

Additional information is available at the Embassy of Panama in Washington or at the Panamanian consulates in the country.

Embassy of the Republic of Panama

2862 McGill Terrace NW
Washington, DC
20008
USA
Telephone: (202) 483-1407
Fax: (202) 387-6141
Website: www.embassyofpanama.org

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Panama to the U.N.

Suite 4030
866 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY
10017
USA
Telephone: (212) 421-5420
Fax: (212) 421-2694

Consulate Offices

Houston
Suite 1307
24 Greenway Plaza
Houston, TX
77046
USA
Telephone: (713) 622-4451
Fax: (713) 622-4468

Miami
5775 Blue Lagoon Drive
Miami, FL
33126
USA
Telephone: (305) 447-3700
Fax: (305) 477-4142

New Orleans
2424 World Trade Center
# 2 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA
70130
USA
Telephone: (504) 525-3458

Philadelphia
Suite 1, 124 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
19106
USA
Telephone: (215) 547-2994
Fax: (215) 574-4225

San Diego
Suite 607, 402 West Broadway
San Diego, CA
92101
USA
Telephone: (619) 235-4441
Fax: (619) 235-4442

Tampa
Suite 104
5811 Memorial Highway
Tampa, FL
33615
USA
Telephone: (813) 886-1427

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