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Panama Visa Requirements For An Evening in Panama City

by David Pacella | May 25th, 2010

Panama City is Panama’s capital and largest city. As you might expect, there’s no shortage of ways to spend your time there. In fact, you may find yourself with too many activities to choose from.

To get the most out of any visit to a new city, it’s best to ask a local. Recently, Time magazine asked 3 famous native Panamanians for their recommendations. For example, according to New York Yankee’s pitcher Mariano Rivera, the best time to visit the Panama Canal is from late afternoon until sunset, while the best seafood restaurants are located on the Calzada de Amador.

Architect Spiros Vamvas recommends an itinerary that starts with whiskey sours at the Bristol Hotel and ends with dinner and dancing at Habana Panama. Naturally, jazz pianist and composer Danilo Perez recommends visiting during the Jazz Festival.

Americans visiting Panama City are required to carry passports. Depending on the circumstances, you may or may not need to apply for a Panama visa in advance as well.

If you will be flying into Panama, you probably don’t need to apply for a visa in advance-instead, you can buy a tourist card when in the airport. Call your airline, as the cost of the tourist card may be part of your ticket.

If you are visiting Panama as part of a cruise, your cruise line should provide a tourist card for you if necessary.

You can also apply for a Panama visa, good for multiple entries, before you leave the US. Please note, if you are entering Panama by land, you must apply for your visa ahead of time.

Here’s what you need to get a Panama visa:

  • A valid US passport, good for at least 3 months past the date you arrive in Panama.
  • 1 completed Panama visa application
  • 1 passport photo
  • A copy of your itinerary.
  • A copy of your plane tickets (if you’re flying in)
  • A letter of invitation or a copy of your hotel reservation.
  • A copy of your bank statement. can help you get your Panama visa quickly. Our visa specialists make the application process easy and virtually stress-free.

Apply for your Panama visa today!

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