Changes to the Panama Tourist Visa – Resolution 22068 of September 1st, 2021

The National Immigration Service of Panama announced on September 1st Resolution 22068 that reestablishes the legal term authorized for the stay of foreign tourists in Panama, which may not be longer than 3 months.

Some key points of this resolution:

  • As of October 1, 2021, the stay of any foreign tourist may not exceed 3 months, counted from the tourist’s entry date to the country.
  • The nationals of countries that have agreements with Panama to reciprocally exempt themselves from visas or that do not require a visa, may enjoy a stay of up to 3 months counted from their entry to the country. The following documents must be presented at the moment of entry:
    • Passport valid for at least 3 months.
    • Country exit booked and confirmed within the allowed timeframe.
    • Proof of economic solvency not less than $500.
    • Compliance with sanitary measures established by the Health Ministry.
  • People entering the country with a stay shorter than 3 months may request an extension of their tourist visa without exceeding 3 months, counted from the day of their entry.

The immediate implications of this resolution reach tourists who used to spend up to 6 months in Panama under a tourist visa, and who now will be authorized to stay in Panama as tourists only for 3 consecutive months.

To read the complete resolution please click here:

Resolution 22068 of September 1st, 2021

UPDATE: Resolution 22706 of september 10 of 2021 exempts citizens of the United States and Canada from Resolution 22068, allowing them to stay as tourists for up to 180 days.

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Published September 2nd, 2021, as Laws on Immigration by Johana Sum