Police Clearance Certificates

Panama is no exception to the norm of requiring police a clearance certificate from any applicant for a visa (other than a tourist card) authorising a long stay. Also since application for some visas is made from within the country after a visit of more than six months a police clearance certificate from the Panama authorities themselves will also be needed. The Canadian authorities provide information about where this can be obtained. Official Panamanian information on web sites is usually in Spanish so unless you are fluent in that language recourse to other reliable sources is often useful.

The links provided in the "Resources" tab on this site will be helpful as will the book "How to Retire in Panama" by Les Johns which can be purchased from this site.

Application Requirements

A very useful resource for obtaining the detailed needs of various police departments is provided by the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants. Included in this informative page of the Society's web site are the requirements of the Panama Police Department in Panama City.

The difficulties mentioned in the Australian section can clearly also be encountered regardless of the country of destination. The same basic documentation of finger prints, a birth certificate and current identification will always be required. Fees are frequently subject to increases so such information provided in web sites is rarely current. Enquiries must be made of the appropriate authorities at the time of application for police clearance or any other certificates.

Guidance can be obtained from the links under the "Resources" tab on this site and in the book "How to Retire in Panama" by Les Johns obtainable from this site.