Procedures and Requirements to Obtain the Passport in Panama

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The passport is that document with international validity, which is issued by the authorities of a nation, which accredits a permit or legal authorization to travel abroad and, failing that, to enter through the international ports or airports of the destination country. Next we will detail the requirements to obtain the passport.

Who issues passports in Panama?

Passports are issued by the Panama Passport Authority, which is an organization whose mission is to provide an excellent service according to international standards. Consequently, its vision is to become a model entity in quality and safety, providing excellence in service to users.

Types of passport in Panama

The Panamanian passport is the passport issued to citizens of Panama to facilitate international travel, enjoying a free visa to 128 countries and territories. The types of passports in Panama are comprised of three different types:

  • Normal passport: it is issued for normal travel, such as vacations and business trips.
  • Diplomatic passport: it is issued to Panamanian diplomats and the higher ranks of the government.
  • Emergency travel document: it is issued when Panamanians lose the document outside of Panama. It has to be ordered at a Panamanian embassy or consulate.

Passport requirements

The necessary requirements to process the passport in Panama vary according to the type of applicant, which are classified into regular persons of legal age, minors, senior citizens and finally naturalized citizens. The different requirements according to the type of applicant will be validated later.

Documents required for passport

The documents necessary to issue a passport in Panama are basically:

  • Birth certificate, certified with three balboas on stamps or postage. Stamps can be purchased at the Caja de Ahorros or Banco Nacional.
  • Valid identity card with respective copy.

The procedures, documents and requirements to process the passport in Panama vary according to the type of applicant, which we will validate below.

To process the passport

The Panamanian passport process is divided into For the first time and for renewal, which we will validate below:

For the first time

To apply for a passport for the first time, it is important to take into account the different ways of processing it, depending on the type of applicant described below:

For minors

  • Certified birth certificate with B / .3.00 (Three balboas) in fiscal stamps or juvenile ID without fiscal stamps.
  • Appearance of both parents with valid identity cards.
  • In the absence of one of the parents, bring a notarized authorization letter, which can be done through the following link http://www.apap.gob.pa/formularios/exterior/menores%20de%20edad.pdf , and in turn, must be accompanied by the identity card of the author.

In the event that the father or mother who carries out the authorization is not of Panamanian nationality and has a foreign identity card, he or she must authenticate the identity card before the National Directorate of Identification or, failing that, must present a valid passport.

  • In the event of permanent absence or unknown whereabouts, the requesting father or mother must present to the Authority the authenticated copy of the Judicial Resolution duly executed by a competent authority, which proves that he or she holds the custody and upbringing of the minor.
  • In case of absence of both parents, they or whoever holds the care and upbringing of the minor authorizes a third person to carry out the passport process for their minor child, they must present a notarized authorization note, which can be done through from the following link http://www.apap.gob.pa/formularios/exterior/3%20persona.pdf , and in turn, must be accompanied by a copy of the identity card of both parents or whoever holds the custody and upbringing together with the identification of the authorized person.

For seniors

The specific requirements for senior citizens are established by Law No. 6 of June 16, 1987. By which measures are adopted for the benefit of Retired, Pensioners, Third and Fourth Age citizens and is created and regulated the stamp tax called Retirees and Pensioners. The documents are:

  • Certified birth certificate with B / .3.00 (three balboas) in tax stamps.
  • Valid ID.

For adults

  • Certified birth certificate with B / .3.00 (three balboas) in tax stamps.
  • Valid ID.

For naturalized

The specific requirements for naturalized citizens are established according to Article 27 and following of Law 32 of April 23, 2013. In turn, its basis is also seen in Resolution No. 03-APAP-JD of March 13, 2014. The documents are:

  • Certificate authenticated by the Electoral Court.
  • Letter of nature authenticated before a notary public.
  • Original certification issued by the National Migration Service or Integral Letter issued by the Civil Registry.

Renewal

To apply for a passport renewal, it is important to take into account the different ways of processing it, depending on the type of applicant described below:

For minors

  • Passport expired or to expire
  • Appearance of both parents with valid identity cards.
  • In the case of foreign parents without an ID, bring a valid passport.
  • In the absence of one of the parents, bring a notarized authorization letter (explicitly for the minor’s passport process). If one of the parents is a foreigner, bring an identity card authenticated by the Electoral Court.

For seniors

The specific requirements for senior citizens are established by Law No. 6 of June 16, 1987. By which measures are adopted for the benefit of Retired, Pensioners, Third and Fourth Age citizens and is created and regulated the stamp tax called Retirees and Pensioners. The documents are:

  • Valid ID
  • Passport expired or to expire

For adults

  • Valid ID
  • Passport expired or to expire

For naturalized

The specific requirements for naturalized citizens are established according to Article 27 and following of Law 32 of April 23, 2013. In turn, its basis is also seen in Resolution No. 03-APAP-JD of March 13, 2014. The documents are:

  • Valid ID
  • Passport expired or to expire

Passport cost

The cost of the passport procedure varies according to the type of person, and according to the type of procedure. Below we detail their respective costs:

For the first time

  • For minors: 32 pages B / .100.00 (one hundred balboas) and 64 pages B / .180.00.
  • For the elderly: 32 pages B /. 50.00 (fifty balboas).
  • For adults: 32 pages B / .100.00 (one hundred balboas).
  • For naturalization: 32 pages B / .100.00 (one hundred balboas).

Renewal

  • For minors: 32 pages B / .100.00 (one hundred balboas).
  • For the elderly: 32 pages B /. 50.00 (fifty balboas).
  • For adults: 32 pages B / .100.00 (one hundred balboas).
  • For naturalization: 32 pages B / .100.00 (one hundred balboas).

The form of payment for all procedures is made up of cash payments and key cards, MasterCard or visa.

Where should I go to get a passport?

To complete the passport process, you can go to any of the following regional offices:

  • CENTRAL OFFICE
    Panama Province
    Address: Bella Vista, Calle Elvira Méndez, Edificio Interseco PB.
    Entering through the Crown Casino, behind the Delta Bank)
    Phone: + (507) 521-2727
    User service: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Administrative offices: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • CHIRIQUÍ REGIONAL OFFICE
    Province of chiriqui
    Address: David, Avenida Domingo Díaz in front of the Municipal Palace, local 1.
    Email: pasaportechiriqui@apap.gob.pa
    Phone: + (507) 521-2740
    Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • REGIONAL OFFICE OF COCLÉ
    Province of Cocle
    Address: Plaza Sorpresa Mall Local 19, behind KFC.
    Email: pasaportecocle@apap.gob.pa
    Phone: + (507) 521-2720
    Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • REGIONAL OFFICE OF COLÓN
    Colon province
    Address: Plaza Millenium Torre Digicel, second floor, office 21.
    Email: pasaportecolon@apap.gob.pa
    Phone: + (507) 521-2730
    Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • REGIONAL OFFICE OF HERRERA
    Herrera province
    Address: Plaza Moderna in front of the Hotel Azuero, ground floor, local 006.
    Email: pasaporteherrera@apap.gob.pa
    Phone: + (507) 521-2760
    Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • VERAGUAS REGIONAL OFFICE
    Veraguas Province
    Address: 12A street, Plaza Marina Italia, behind Global Bank, local 1.
    Email: pasaporteveraguas@apap.gob.pa
    Phone: + (507) 521-2790
    Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Benefits of having a passport

Among the most relevant benefits of having a passport we note the following:

  • Unique and personal identification at an international level.
  • Legal authorization to travel abroad.
  • It represents a door of opportunities when you start or consider starting a business.
  • History of trips abroad composed in the passport itself.

Passport validity time

The Panamanian passport has a valid duration of five (5) years, once its expiration is presented, the renewal process must be carried out.

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