New Visa Regulation for Tourists
Please be informed that in order to facilitate the tourist visa process and based on the Executive Decree 248 on 21 July 2008, citizens of any nationality holding a VALID multiple entry tourist or business visa from ONE of the following countries: United States of America, Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom, posses a Schengen visa and/or have a valid residency from a European Union country may enter the Republic of Panama and obtain a landing visa upon arrival.
Please be aware that before entering Panama, you must have used this visa issued by any of the above mentioned countries at least once. For example, if you have a United States’ visa, you must have entered the U.S. with that visa in order to qualify for the waiver. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 moths. Transit visas will not qualify for this waiver.
You will qualify for this decree if you comply with all of these requirements:
• Have a valid passport with at least six months of validity.
• Have a valid tourist or business visa (not expired) from ONE of these countries: USA, United Kingdom, Canada and/or Australia. It should be valid for at least a year prior to entering the Republic of Panama.
• Have a valid residency from a European Union country or Schengen visa.
• You must have used this visa to enter the country of issuance before. For example, if you have a United States’ visa, you must have entered the U.S. with that visa in order to qualify for the waiver.