This section is intended for reference only. We strongly recommend that you contact the embassy directly for the most up-to-date information that pertains to your specific situation.
You must have a valid passport to travel abroad. A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship. The process and cost associated with getting a passport can be high, so start the process at least six months before you plan to leave.
Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond your intended stay. Minors are allowed to travel on their parents' passports up until aged 15 years.
A visa is a stamp or endorsement placed by officials on a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country. This permission is called "entry clearance".
Panama immigration requires all applicants for any type of visa to be physically present at the immigration office in Panama.
Most visitors to Panama will need a visa. However, there are some countries that allow free travel for up to 180 days. For example, a visa is not needed for most Western English-speaking countries, all European countries except Albania, most of South America and some countries of Asia and Africa countries. Check with your embassy on the requirements.
A visitor visa is for someone who does not intend to live in Panama because of their travel to the country. A visitor usually intends to travel to Panama for family reasons, work, or vacation purposes. With a tourist visa, one can visit Panama for up to 90 days (three months).
Student visas are for those who intend to take some educational courses in Panama for credits towards a degree or certificate. visitor visa is for someone who does not intend to live in Panama as a result of their travel to the country. A student visa will allow the holder to obtain legal residence in Panama for the duration of their curriculum calendar.
Applicants must register all subjects pertaining to the plan of study for either the two-month period, quarter, semester, or module period.
Work permits are for those who intend to hold a paying job during their time in Panama. You must apply for a work permit through the Ministry of Labor. You must also apply for a resident visa through the Immigration office.
If your employer doesn’t provide you with an attorney, immigration visa and Ministry of Labor processing services, you will have to hire a competent immigration attorney who knows Panama labor laws. The requirements for a Panama work permit are as follows:
A permanent resident visa is for someone who has the intention of living in Panama long-term. There are six visas that grant permanent residence:
In order to become a citizen of Panama, one should have been a legal resident for at least three to five years depending on their resident visa. To apply, one must provide the following:
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