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HOW TO APPLY FOR A PANAMA VISA?

All individuals from certain countries, need to apply and be granted a visa in order to enter Republic of Panama. It is required that Individuals who wish to enter territory of Panama , to retain a Panama attorney to apply on their behalf. Upon approval of the visa, the applicant must visit a Panama embassy or consulate in their country to obtain visa by having his/her passport stamped. Once this process is completed, the applicant may purchase a ticket and enter Republic of Panama. The Panama visa process usually takes between 1-3 months and applicant must buy a round trip ticket.

The summary process to apply for a Panama visa is as follows:

  1. Hire a Panamanian attorney
  2. Make sure you have no criminal history and submit your apostiled police report
  3. Submit your application for a tourist visa via your designated attorney
  4. Attach 3 fotos
  5. Submit copies of all pages of your passport and have it apostiled
  6. A Panama citizen need to sponsor you and take responsibility to visit Panama
  7. An invitation letter is required from your sponsor
  8. A certified check of $1,000. needed to submit when application submitted
  9. Hotel reservation needed
  10. 10. Airline reservation needed

CITIZENS OF WHAT COUNTRIES NEED TO APPLY FOR VISA?

If you are citizen of countries such as AFRICA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, HAITI, INDONESIA, EGYPT, AFGANESTAN or OTHER MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES, you need to apply for a tourist visa in order to enter Republic of Panama. If the visa is granted to the applicant, it is usually for a period of 14 days however duration of visa can be extended for a valid reason on the discretion & approval of Panama immigration office.

Panama visa is not required for individuals of friendly nations countries. For example if you are from USA or any european country, there is no need to apply for a visa to enter Panama. Normally friendly nations citizens can enter Panama visa free and can stay in Panama for a period of 90 days or more.

Visa waiver Countries

If you are a citizen of the following 50 Fiendly Nations countries, there is no need to apply for a visa to enter Panama:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States. 

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WHAT IS PANAMA VISA REQUIREMENTS?

In order to apply and be granted a Panama visa, the applicant must retain a Panama attorney to represent him before Panama immigration office. In addition, all applicants must submit an apostiled police report to show that they have no prior criminal activities. Other necessary documents are listed below:

  • Notarized Power of attorney
  • Three epassport-size photos.
  • Applicant Apostiled color copies of all passport pages.
  • Applicant apostiled ID card
  • Applicant apostiled police report
  • Copy of round trip airline ticket
  • Copy of hotel reservation
  • Panama sponsor invitation letter
  • Panama sponsor responsibility letter
  • Sponsor Proof of financial means in form of bank certified checks in the amount of one thousand dollar ( $1,000.)
  • Completed application form by applicant
  • Immigration fee of $50.

What is Stamped Visa?

With Panama “stamped visa”, the applicant may enter Republic of Panama. Panamanian embassy, consulate or Panamana immigration office in Panama City, have authority to issue tourist visa to individuals and families from certain countries such as: Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Georgia, Peru, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

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What is Authorized Visa?

An “authorized visa,” is required if you are citizen of the following counties: Bangladesh, Cuba, Haiti, India, Pakistan, China, and Africa, etc. The visa requirements may vary and we advise you to check with us before planning a trip to Panama. It’s recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months before the start of your journey.

We suggest that all citizens of countries that are not included in the ” FRIENDLY NATIONS COUNTRIES“, to apply for an AUTHORIZED VISA. Upon approval of the visa, the applicant is allowed to enter Panama. Applying for a Panama Visa must be made via a Panamanian attorney.

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What Is Panama digital NOMAD visa?

After Pandemic period in May of 2021, Panama initiated Remote Worker Visa program (Visa de Corta Estancia ) with proven income from outside Panama. If you earn at least US$36,000. a year, you can apply to stay for up to nine months with a one-time extension for an additional nine (up to 18 months in total). 

Other requirements include medical insurance covering your full stay in Panama and an affidavit of non-acceptance of any employment in the Panamanian territory. An immigration fee of $250. to be paid to National Immigration Service for issuing NOMAD visa.  In order to apply for NOMAD visa, you need to be present in Panama.

Can I Extend My Tourist Visa?

The answer is “YES“. Once you have entered Panama, you may extend your tourist visa by applying through a Panamanian licensed attorney. All immigration application must be made via a Panamanian attorney before the immigration office.

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