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🇵🇦 PANAMA

DOCUMENTATION PANAMA
Passport Valid for three months after entry; requires one blank page
Boat Documentation Coast Guard Doc (Original)
Proof of Insurance Liability Insurance may be required by marinas
Crewlist Required at checkin/out
Zarpe Required at checkin/out
OFFICIAL PROCEDURES  
Official Country Visa None if stay is less than 180 days
Immigration Visa Good for 90 days; upon expiration, you must apply for a “Yatista” visa ($110) which is good for length of Cruising Permit and may be renewed with Permit
Required Permits One-year Cruising Permit ($205), may be renewed twice to span three years
Upon Arrival Visit: Immigration; Customs; Port Authority; Agricultural Inspection; Fumigation
Upon Departure Visit: Immigration; Customs; Port Captain
Entry & Exit Fees: Upwards of $250+ not including permits
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OTHER  
Required Vaccinations None
Pets APHIS Form 7001; Vaccinations Certificate; Home Quarantine Request must be completed three days prior to arrival
   
Currency: US Dollar / Balboa

 

Crime Index Safety Index Corruption Index Corruption Score GDP Pop (M) Life Ex. Cost of Living Groc. Rest. $ Loc.Purch.P.
50.01 49.99 87 38% 13,515 3.8 77.8 64.23 65.8 56.6 35.14

US EMBASSY
TEL 507 3175000
Bldg 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Ave
Clayton, Panama

WEATHER PACIFIC

WEATHER CARIBBEAN

TIDES PACIFIC

Pacific spring ranges are as much as 22 feet. (6 meters) and the neap ranges are as little as 6 feet so bring your fenders chains and chafe protected dock-lines

TIDES CARIBBEAN

The difference in level averages only 9.2 inches( 23cm ) and the average range from high to low tide is only .858 feet and the maximum range is 3.05 feet. ( 0.9 meters )

PANAMA PACIFIC PILOT CHARTS

Panama Pilot Charts provide historic points and aggregated information of  wind flows, air and ocean temperatures, wave heights, rain, barometric weight, and climate conditions at various seasons. This data was acquired from oceanographic and meteorologic perceptions over hundreds of years starting in the late eighteenth century. These diagrams are planned to help mariners choose routes  with respect to the normal climate and sea conditions using prevailing seasonal wind information. For an explanation of historic Panama’s Climatology and how to read Wind-roses follow this link.

RESOURCES

Cruising Guides – Information – and other items

THINGS TO DO & Points of interest

Panama City Cruisers Resource Guide »

 

“For those who might enjoy an interesting and fun land trip in Panama a cruising buddy of mine recommends Boquete a town in the shadows of a volcano. They host a great jazz festival each year. Here is the link: http://www.boquetejazzandbluesfestival.com/festival-2018.html

 

If you plan on going through the Panama Canal here is a Time-Lapse video of one of the Panama Posse Vessels with Panama Posse Volunteers helping out

ALERT

 

Additional Local Info and Areas to avoid

Parts of the “Mosquito Gulf” – Level 4: Do Not Travel

The “Mosquito Gulf” is an extremely remote and inaccessible area along part of the north (Caribbean) coast.

Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, between Boca de Rio Chiriqui to Cocle del Norte. Drug trafficking and other illicit activities occur in this area. 

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in this region as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved.  

Parts of the Darién Region – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to the following areas of the Darien:

  • All areas south of Jacque to Manene to Yaviza to Lajas Blancas cities to the Colombian border
  • The city of Lajas Blancas
  • The city of El Salto

Criminal elements and drug and human trafficking networks operate in these areas. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these regions as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved. 

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes.