For NON-CANADIAN passport holders, document checklist can be requested directly through our visa specialists.
NOTE: Visa-free stay period may depend on your citizenship.
NOTE: Visa requirements may vary for holders of diplomatic passports.
Entry requirements for CANADIAN passport holders:
- Canadians must present a passport to visit Panama, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of expected departure from that country. Prior to travelling, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
- Tourist visa: Not required
- Business visa: Required
- Student visa: Required
- You must obtain a correctly dated entry stamp from immigration officials upon entry into Panama. Failure to do so may result in a fine, as immigration officials have begun strictly enforcing entry and exit regulations.
- When they enter Panama, visitors are required to have the equivalent of US$500 or a credit card, plus a return or onward ticket.
- Canadians with a criminal record may be refused entry to Panama, even if it is only for transit purposes en route to another destination.
- Foreigners must register their biometrics (fingerprints and facial scan) at their port of entry.
- A US$40 airport tax is charged upon departure, and is payable in cash only. This tax is often included in the price of the airline ticket.
- Visitors are required to hold documents for their next destination.
- If you plan to go abroad, you should purchase the best travel insurance you can afford before you leave Canada. Your travel insurance should include health, life and disability coverage that will help you avoid large expenses, such as the cost of hospitalization or medical treatment outside Canada. If you are flying, being insured for flight cancellation, trip interruption, lost luggage and document replacement will save you from major disruptions and additional costs. If you are travelling by car, make sure you have driver and vehicle coverage in case you have an accident abroad.