Panama owns a cultural multiplicity that makes it unique in the region, one of the biggest contributors to this cultural richness is the constant presence of visitors from all parts of the world. The origin of this singular cultural mix is without a doubt the crossroads characteristic of the country. In addition, the intense connection of Panama with the sea makes it very similar to an island of the Caribbean. Panama Province is located on the Pacific side of Panama, bordering on the provinces of Darien, San Blas, Colon and Cocle. The capital of this province is Panama City, which is also the capital of the country of Panama. The province has a long coastline, which includes the beaches of Playa Gorgona, Playa Coronado, Playa San Carlos and Punta Chame Beach. The islands off the coast of Panama province include Isla Toboga and Isla Contadora. The ease of travel and wide array of experiences are making Panama one of the most attractive emerging tourism destinations in the world. In just one week, visitors can enjoy two different oceans, experience the mountains and rainforest, learn about native cultures and take advantage of vibrant urban life. The capital, Panama City, is a modern, sophisticated metropolis that resembles Miami and has established commerce, arts, fashion and dining.
Panama is known as the "Crossroads of the Americas" due to its privileged position between North and South America.
ALL VISITORS require a VALID PASPORT and an ONWARD/RETURN TICKET.
Additional requirements vary according to nationality and are subject to change. Citizens from certain countries need a tourist card, others need an authorized visa and others do not need anything. To know if you require a visa depending on your nationality please carry on reading or click here. You are recommended to check with a Panamanian Consulate, Embassy or ticketing agents for airlines that fly to Panama to obtain the most updated and accurate information. In practice, the ticket requirement is mainly for those who enter Panama by bus or by boat.
If you are flying into Panama the most probable scenario is that you will not be asked to show a return ticket and in case you are, be sure to at least have a return ticket valid within 1 year of entering the country. If you plan to be in Panama for more than 180 days, then it is likely that you will be applying for some type of visa after entering the country and the authorities may have a few questions about your intentions. In this case you should be able to explain your plans and then allowed to enter the country after correctly informing the authorities about what you want to do.
If you enter Panama by bus or by boat you will have to purchase a return ticket by land or by water because the authorities may ask for it and if you do not have it you will run into unnecessary trouble and you will end up buying it anyways. If you expect to leave the country in a different way then the way that you plan to enter Panama and you still do not have that return ticket, then our advice is that you purchase any return ticket. For example, if you enter Panama through Costa Rica by bus, but plan to leave by plane and you still have not bought that ticket, then just buy the cheap bus ticket: it will only cost you $10 and you will avoid any unpleasant situation.