I have read in a couple of places, not in many, that you have to prove economic solvency to enter Panama. Is this true? If so, what is it?
Wow. I haven't seen that! But I have a guess: You may have to show that you have a return airplane ticket. And you may have to tell them where you are staying. Neither is uncommon. And in some countries you must declare the amount of money you are taking into the country. That isn't as common as the first two, but isn't isolated either.
Could that be what you mean?
Could be...but, on the Tocumen Airport website it says something about economic solvency and $500. along with a return ticket ( under arriving passengers). It is in Spanish so I couldn't understand all of it but, I do believe thats what it says... Check it out: tocumenpanama.aero
Thanks for your info.
It is not true.
We just returned from Panama. We flew Copa Air out of LAX on the trip down. The flight attendants gave us a standard tourist document that asked the purpose of our visit, our destination, etc. I have never heard anything about economic requirements.
It actually is the law -- outbound ticket and $500 cash. For the outbound ticket, the airlines are the enforcers; i.e., sometimes they won't let people board in the US on a one-way ticket. Re: the $500, if you are US or Canadian or European, they will never ask. If you are Colombian, they might.
And if you have a credit card with a minimum limit of $ 500, show that upon request :-).
This is mainly aimed at residents of other Central American and South American countries - a lot of women come to Panama to work as domestic help etc - they need to show this $500 in cash at the border or they can't get in for their "vacation".
When coming here as a tourist from North America or Europe you will "never" be asked for this - at least I have never heard of anyone being asked in the past 11+ years.
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