Coming to Panama

Panamanian Immigration Requirements

THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA IS THE HOST COUNTRY FOR THE SMITHSONIAN TROPICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (STRI). THE PANAMANIAN GOVERNMENT HAS GENEROUSLY CEDED CERTAIN SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS TO STRI THAT ALLOWS US TO FACILITATE YOUR VISIT TO OUR HOST COUNTRY.

THE PANAMA IMMIGRATION NATIONAL SERVICE HAS RECENTLY PUT IN EFFECT NEW REGULATIONS STIPULATED IN LAW #3, DATED AUGUST 2008. FOLLOWING THESE REGULATIONS, NEW VISA CATEGORIES HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED FOR TOURISTS/VISITORS COMING TO THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA.

ALL VISITORS TO STRI MUST COMPLY WITH EXISTING REGULATIONS. THEREFORE, ALL VISITORS WHO NEED A VISA AND ARE COMING TO STRI FOR A PERIOD FROM ONE MONTH AND UP TO ONE YEAR, SHOULD APPLY FOR THE CORRESPONDING TYPE OF VISA (BELOW) BEFORE TRAVELING TO PANAMA AT YOUR NEAREST PANAMANIAN CONSULATE IF APPLICABLE.

SEE THE GENERAL VISA LIST BELOW AND INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA.

Required documents (FOR STRI VISITORS)

  1. The citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Panama. Term of stay - 180 days or less.

    Andorra
    Angola
    Antigua y Barbuda
    Argentina
    Armenia
    Australia
    Austria
    Bahamas
    Barbados
    Belgium
    Belice
    Belorussia
    Bhutan
    Bolivia
    Bosnia - Herzegovina
    Bostwana
    Brazil
    Brunei
    Bulgary
    Cabo Verde
    Cambodia
    Canada
    Chile
    Colombia
    Comoros Islands
    Costa Rica
    Croatia
    Cyprus
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Dominica
    Ecuador
    El Salvador
    Estonia
    Fiji
    Finland
    France
    Gabon
    Georgia
    Germany
    Granada
    Great Britain
    Greece
    Guatemala
    Guyana
    Holy See
    Honduras
    Hungary
    Iceland
    Ireland
    Israel
    Italy
    Jamaica
    Japan
    Kiribati
    Kuwait
    Latvia
    Leichtenstein
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Macedonia
    Madagascar
    Malaysia
    Maldives
    Malta
    Marshall Islands
    Mexico
    Moldavia
    Monaco
    Mongolia
    Montenegro
    Namibia
    Nauru
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Nicaragua
    Norway
    Palau
    Papua New Guinea
    Paraguay
    Peru
    Poland
    Portugal
    Qatar
    Republic of Korea
    Romania
    Saharaui Republic
    Salomon Islands
    Samoa
    San Marino
    San Vicent & the Granadines
    Saudi Arabia
    Serbia
    Seychelles
    Singapore
    Slovak Republic
    Slovenia
    South Africa
    Spain
    St. Thomas & Prince
    St. Kitts and Nevis
    St. Lucia
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Thailand
    Tonga
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Turkey
    Tuvalu
    Ukraine
    United Arab Emirates
    United Kingdom

    United States of America

    Uruguay
    Vanuatu
    Venezuela
    Vietnam

  2. The citizens of the following countries require a Tourist stamped visa on their passport to enter Panama:

    Cameroon
    Central African Republic
    Congo
    Dominican Republic
    Ghana
    Malawi
    Maldives
    Mauritius
    Micronesia
    Russia Federation
    Swaizland
    Togo
    Zimbawe


  3. The citizens of the following countries require an authorized visa to enter Panama:


  4. Afghanistan
    Albania
    Algeria
    Azerbaijan
    Bahrain
    Bangladesh
    Benin
    Burkina Faso
    Burundi
    Chad
    Cuba
    Democratic Republic of Congo
    Djibouti
    DPR Korea
    Egypt
    Eritrea
    Ethiopia
    Gambia
    Guinea
    Guinea Bissau
    Guinea Ecuatorial
    Haiti
    India
    Indonesia
    Iran
    Iraq
    Ivory Coast
    Jordania
    Kazakhstan
    Kenya
    Kyrgyzstan
    Laos
    Lebanon
    Lesotho
    Liberia
    Libya
    Mali
    Mauritania
    Morocco
    Mozambique
    Myanmar
    Nepal
    Niger
    Nigeria
    Oman
    Pakistan
    Palestine
    People's Republic China
    Phillippines
    Rwanda
    Senegal
    Sierra Leona
    Somalia
    Sri Lanka
    Sudan
    Suriname
    Syria
    Tajikistan
    Tanzania
    Tunisia
    Turkmenistan
    Uganda
    Uzbekistan
    Yemen
    Zambia

  5. The citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Panama if they posses a diplomatic, consular, official or special passport only:
Philippines
Dominican Republic
Ukraine
Vietnam
Haiti
Cuba
Russian Federation


EXEMPTION OF VISAS

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Rev. 7/2013