Panama pre-arrival requirements

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In an effort to speed up entry procedures, yachts visiting Panama are now required to pre-register with Panamanian authorities at least 48-hours prior to their arrival at any Panamanian port of entry.

Upon arrival in Panama, yachts must still follow normal entry procedures, but pre-registration will help speed up the process.

A pre-registration form can be downloaded from the Panama Maritime Authority’s Web site at:

The completed document should then be e-mailed to the authority at If e-mail is not an option, yachts should arrive with the following information in hand:

• Date

• Agent (if applicable)

• Type of yacht (sail/power)

• Flag

• Last port of clearance

• Panama port of call

• Estimated time of arrival

• Registration number

• Net tonnage


• Radio call sign

• Yacht e-mail

(if applicable)

• Captain’s name

• Owner’s name

• Crew list with passport numbers and nationalities

• On board safety equipment and any health security, pet remarks

• Contact telephone number

By Ocean Navigator