Panama for Canadians

Canadians in Panama, whether expats or tourists, contribute to the country’s diverse and dynamic international community. Panama is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches, rainforests and the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and allows for global trade.

The country has a tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity in most locations year-round, with a few exceptions such as towns like El Valle, Boquete or Volcan. The rainy season runs from May to November, and the dry season is from December to April. Panama City, the capital, is a modern city with a mix of old and new architecture, and it is home to a variety of cultural and historical attractions. The country is also home to a number of beautiful beaches, national parks, and rainforests, making it a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa to visit Panama for tourism or business purposes, as long as the stay requires 180 days or less. However, Canadians are required to have a valid passport for at least six months beyond the date of their intended entry to Panama. Kraemer & Kraemer recommends reviewing the latest travel advisories and requirements before planning a trip to Panama, as these can change at any time. This is a travel site that we recommend

If you are looking for permanent residency in the country, the Friendly Nations Visa makes it possible for Canadians, and many other expatriates, to live and work in Panama. If you are a retiree and receiving a qualifying pension, you could qualify for the Pensionado Visa which also grants you the right to live in Panama.

It’s important to note that the process to obtain residency in Panama can be complex and may vary depending on your circumstances. For that reason, we recommend the assistance of an immigration specialist, such as the immigration lawyers at Kraemer & Kraemer, to help you follow the right steps.

If you’re planning a trip to this beautiful Central American country, you’ll want to have all the necessary tools and information to make the most of your trip. Find our recommendations in the article Smartphone Tips for Your Next Trip to Panama.

Overall, Panama is a safe and welcoming destination for Canadians. Its rich culture and natural beauty makes it a great place to visit, or to have a second place to call home.

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If you plan to visit or obtain permanent residency in Panama, you can find abundant information in the immigration section of our website. You can also send us a note to

Published March 6th, 2023, as Commentary on Immigration by Johana Sum