Panama visa for Filipinos

How to get a visa for Panama in Sao Paulo (Philippine Passport Holder)

I know what you’re thinking and you are probably judging me right now. I am still sticking to the plan of travelling to visa-free countries for Filipinos, however, the flight to the next destination is stopping in Panama for 22 hours. You wouldn’t want me to stay in the airport for that long, right?

It was a shot in the dark. This is my first time to apply for a visa in another country and I didn’t even know it’s possible. In Morocco, I tried to apply for a visa to Spain (since it’s relatively close) but the Embassy told me that I can only apply in my home country. Since then, I have doubted applying and travelled to visa-free countries instead.

When you are trying to research on the internet, the available information is not always clear. For example, when I applied a visa for Italy (in my home country), I brought all the documents stated on their website during my first visit. After submitting my complete application form plus requirements, they asked me to come back another day and bring additional documents. The next day, I came back with what they were asking for and then again, they told me to come back for more documents. Am I a killer or something? What do you want from me? Seriously! I am from the Philippines, not from another planet!

With this, I would like to share my experience in applying a visa for Panama in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The website clearly states that I need a visa in order to enter Panama. My friend then e-mailed the consulate saying I am not a Brazilian citizen and I am a Filipino passport holder. To my surprise, the consulate replied:

Panama visa for Filipinos

This e-mail message was sent to my Brasilian friend, Livia.

The message above states that a Filipino citizen can obtain a stamped visa in Panama. I wasn’t convinced at first because, in Panama’s Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, they are very clear that they do not offer a visa to non-Brasilian citizens or residents. In addition, the stamped visa will be ready in 2-3 days. (That fast?!)

On Wednesday, I paved the way to Paulista and had a hard time looking for the Consulate. It turns out that I was looking at the wrong address. I was searching for “43” instead of “9”. Good thing a hostel crew nearby helped me and showed me the way.

  1. Andorra
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Argentina
  4. Austria
  5. Bahamas
  6. Barbados
  7. Belgium
  8. Belize
  9. Bolivia
  10. Brazil
  11. Canada
  12. Chile
  13. Colombia
  14. Costa Rica
  15. Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, El Salvador, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Granada, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, UK, USA and Vatican City.

NO FEE OR STAMPS REQUIRED. You can freely enter Panama if you’re on this list.

  1. Antigua
  2. Australia
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belize
  6. Bermuda
  7. Bolivia
  8. Brasil
  9. Canada
  10. Chile
  11. China
  12. Colombia
  13. Denmark
  14. Granada
  15. Greece
  16. Guyana
  17. Iceland
  18. Ireland
  19. Jamaica
  20. Japan
  21. Malta
  22. Mexico
  23. Monaco
  24. Netherlands
  25. New Zealand
  26. San Marino
  27. South Korea
  28. Suriname
  29. Taiwan
  30. Tobago
  31. Trinidad
  32. USA
  33. Venezuela

If you are on this list, you can just have your passport stamped upon arrival and pay for $5 fee.

  1. Chad
  2. Ecuador
  3. Egypt
  4. Philippines
  5. Perú
  6. Dominican Republic
  7. Thailand
[us_message color=”yellow”]Citizens of Philippines holding a valid visa or permanent residency from any of the following countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or any of the member countries of the European Union, which has been used at least once to enter those countries, do not require a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. Duration of stay can be extended through the Immigration Service of Panama for an additional 60 days.[/us_message][us_separator thick=”3″ style=”dashed” color=”primary”]

Required documents to apply a Panama visa for Filipinos

  1. Passport valid for 6 months.
  2. 3×4 photo (1)
  3. Photocopy of resident card (if any)
  4. Photocopy of Yellow Fever card, taken 10 days before travelling.
  5. Photocopy of credit cards
  6. Bank Statement
  7. Flight ticket reservation

Do I smell something fishy? Yes, I do. In the e-mail above, it says the visa will be ready within 2-3 days however, I got mine within 24 hours and was charged too much. In another website, I read that the visa fee is only $30 but I paid almost a hundred dollars. I guess they will give you the visa when they want to. Ergo, they like me and that’s the best part! Plus, there was no hassle at all. It was fast and didn’t require a lot of things. I gave them my business card in exchange for their hospitality so they’re probably reading this now.

If you are Philippine passport holder and is looking to apply a visa for Panama in Sao Paulo, Brasil, you can go to:

Consulado Geral do Panamá em Sao Paulo
Rua Doutor Rafael de Barros No. 9-Conjunto 43
Paraíso-CEP 04003-040-Sao Paulo/SP
Tele Fax: (11) 32662923
Email: [email protected]

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If you’re a Philippine passport holder, it is very unlikely you will apply a visa for Panama in Brasil. Have you tried applying for visas outside your home country?

How was the experience? Did they give you a hard time? Would you conclude it’s easier to apply for a visa in another country than back home? I surely do! Let me know your thoughts by leaving your ideas in the comment box below!

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.

Comments

  • December 13, 2013

    Remember that song of Simple Plan? well… Welcome to my life! hahah Get used to Latin American procedures!

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  • December 18, 2013

    Ugh! Pet peeve. You do your research beforehand and think you have everything you need… until you get there and find out you need all this other stuff. So annoying.

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  • December 20, 2013

    Oh, my… Can visas just go away? What a hassle.

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  • December 29, 2013

    OMG. But you made it!
    But still a little bit confused about the 5$ payment for the stamp and countries who don’t need a visa. Denmark for example is part of every group you mentioned (it is part of the European Union, it is on the list with countries without a visa, and it’s on the last list for applying the tourist card). I don’t get it… 🙁

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  • adi
    November 5, 2015

    Anyone know if this is still valid? Source: http://www.embassyofpanama.org/inmigration-and-visas/

    Visa Waiver

    There is in effect a Law regarding tourist visas for entering the Republic of Panama; EXECUTIVE DECREE # 248 states that:

    “Those who hold a valid passport with a 3 months 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 these countries, may enter the Republic of Panama regardless of their nationality”

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    • Panamanian Embassy, Manila
      July 15, 2019

      Greetings, Adi,

      We would like to inform you that several executive decrees have superseded that one, the latest being Executive Decree 521 of 2018. It allows visa-free entry to all nationalities who bear a multiple-entry visa or permanent residency of the following countries:
      1. Australia
      2. Canada
      3. European Union member-states
      4. Japan
      5. Singapore
      6. South Korea
      7. United Kingdom
      8. United States of America

      If a multiple-entry visa is to be presented, it must have a validity of at least 6 months after the date of arrival in Panamanian territory, and must bear proof of prior use in the country that issued it.

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  • johnlee
    August 30, 2018

    Im holding Philippine passport Im going to Costa Rica but my lay over is in Panama for less than 7 hrs .,do I need to apply a transit visa?Thanks

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    • Panamanian Embassy, Manila
      October 23, 2018

      Panama allows visa-free transit to all nationalities, so long as the transit not exceed twelve hours

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  • Anton shiyan kumar Sivanathan
    March 15, 2020

    Thank you brother even iam sri lankan citizen your tip s better help for me.
    Thanks
    Anton

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  • Amir
    November 15, 2020

    Does someone have any experience with applying for a Panama visa in Thailand? (Filipino passport of course)

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