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  • Writer's pictureAbel Gomez Tomiczek

Stay Informed About Panama Entry Requirements - Effective from September 2023

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

As you plan your visit to Panama, it's crucial to stay updated on the latest Panama entry requirements. We understand that questions and uncertainties can arise, so we're here to provide you with a concise overview of these regulations.

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Panama Current Entry Requirements

1. Shortened Stay Duration: Effective from September 8, 2023, Panama has implemented new entry regulations impacting tourists from specific countries. While previously, tourists from many nations enjoyed up to 90 days in Panama (with a 6-month allowance for visitors from Canada and the USA), the duration of stay has now been reduced to 15 days for select countries. Border officials will determine the actual length of your stay upon entry.

2. Proof of Financial Means: As before, tourists entering Panama must demonstrate sufficient financial resources when requested by border officials. This can be achieved by carrying at least $1,000 in cash (increased from the previous $500) or by presenting a valid credit card.

To curb illegal migration across the so-called 'green border,' checkpoints in Darien are being strengthened, and additional controls at the Paso Canoas border crossing (bordering Costa Rica) have been announced. Moreover, intensified spot checks were conducted in Panama City over the weekend.

It's essential to note that these changes are unlikely to affect or restrict the entry or stay of European or North American tourists, whether you're visiting Panama for tourism, considering real estate investments, or preparing for a residence permit application.

As further enhanced immigration controls are anticipated in the upcoming weeks, we strongly advise you to carry your immigration ID card, E Cedula, or passport at all times for prompt presentation if required.

Should there be any additional updates or developments, rest assured that we will promptly notify you.

Wishing you a delightful and seamless journey to Panama. Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us.


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