Starting July 21, 2009 there is in effect a new Law regarding tourist visas for entering the Republic of Panama.

 

Executive Decree #248 states that:

 

“Those who hold a valid passport, with at least 3 months of validity left, and a valid visa from ONE of the following countries: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or any of the member countries of the European Union, which has been used at least one time to enter those countries, may enter the Republic of Panama by purchasing a Tourist Card, regardless of their nationality.”

The Tourist Card is valid for 30 days and can be purchased at the airline counter at the moment of departure and its cost is $30.00

 

You will qualify for this decree if you comply with all of these requirements:

 

• Have a valid passport with minimum of three months of validity left.

• Have a valid visa (not expired) from ONE of these countries: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or any of the member countries of the European Union

• 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.

 

*Immigration officials are accepting as valid the entrance of the holders of a United States permanent resident card under this law.