Visa info Immigration

Executive Decree No. 217: Article 1. On the occasion of the declaration of sanitary emergency approved by the Cabinet Council by Resolution No. 11 of March 13, 2020 allowing only Panamanian nationals and foreigners with temporary residence, permanent or in an immigration process in the country can enter the national territory, as of March 17, 2020

British nationals do not need a visa to enter Panama as tourists. 

The maximum amount of time that you can stay in Panama is six (6) months. If you want to stay longer than six months, you may extend your stay applying for an extension of visa with the Offices of Immigration in Panama.

Visa Exemption:   by Executive Decree 521 of 6th August 2018, in effect regarding tourist visas for entering the Republic of Panama it was established that:

Article 1: “Any person, regardless of nationality, who holds a valid visa or residence duly issued by the United States of America, Australia, Canada or the United Kingdom, the Republic of Korea, the State of Japan, Republic of Singapore and any of the States that make up the European Union and has used it at least once to enter the territory of the granting state, or can demonstrate legal residence in said country, may enter the Panama national territory … “. Without the need to process a visa.

Article 2: The visa granted by the countries mentioned in the previous article must be a multiple entry visa, has been used previously in the territory of the granting State and its validity shall not be less than six (6) months at the time of entering Panamanian territory. . If you meet the following requirements, you will qualify for the aforementioned decree:

  • Has a valid passport with a minimum of three months validity.
  • Has a multiple entry visa with six (6) months of remaining validity from ONE of the following countries: Canada, United States of America, Commonwealth of Australia, Republic of Korea, State of Japan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland North, Republic of Singapore and any of the States that make up the European Union
  • You must have used this visa to enter the country. For example, if you have a visa from the United States, you must have entered the United States with that visa in order to qualify for the exemption.
  • Immigration Officers are accepting the visa exemption of Executive Decree # 521, if the holder has a valid permanent residence card of the United Kingdom.

Panama visa information for filming:  If the filming Team all hold either European (EU) and British Passports, they will not be required to apply for any visas if their filming will only take 6 months, no work permit nor visa is necessary when it is less than 6 months.    We hope their filming in Panama is a success and please do let us know if you require any further assistance on this matter.

NOTE:  You must also show proof of economic solvency for a minimum of US $ 500.00 upon entering. NOTE: Make sure you have a minimum of three months of validity in your passport and a round trip ticket.

For further information please access the following link which contains a copy of the law decree:    https://www.gacetaoficial.gob.pa/pdfTemp/28586_A/68706.pdf

IMPORTANT NOTICE:   Countries that require STAMP VISA (or Consular Visa) must follow the following process:

The visa is requested in the Panamanian Consulates accredited in their countries of your Nationality. The user must fill out the stamped visa application form, provide a copy of the complete passport and fill all the requirements required by the National Immigration Service.

The time taken to grant this visa after fulfilling all the requirements is 5 working days.

The maximum time of stay in Panama will be 1 to 3 months. If the visa is granted for 3 months, it cannot be extended. If the visa is for a shorter time and you need to extend your stay, you must apply personally to the National Immigration Service Directorate upon arrival in Panama.

To know if you require a visa, please download the following attachment with the appropriate information.

Visa Application form / apply only in the Consular office of your Nationality

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