Costa Rican visa for Panamanian citizens

A visa is NOT required for Panamanian passport holders visiting Costa Rica for a short-term stay: 90 days.

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For Panamanian citizens to enter Costa Rica for a short-term tourism purpose. Not required 90 days
Evisa Costa Rica e-visa for Panamanian citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Costa Rica visa on arrival for Panamanian citizens Not Available

Costa Rica tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding Panamanian passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Costa Rica.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Costa Rica.

If you are looking for Costa Rica visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from Panama, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Costa Rica nearest your place of residence.

  • Panama City: The Embassy of Costa Rica in Panama City, Panama (Working hours: Close now)
  • David: The Consulate General of Costa Rica in David, Panama (Working hours: Close now)
  • Changuinola: The Consulate General of Costa Rica in Changuinola, Panama (Working hours: Close now)

Costa Rica visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Costa Rica diplomatic mission offices to Panama for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from Panama traveling to Costa Rica from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (Panama) estimated Change (%)
2008 93,730 N/A
2009 96,514 2.97%
2010 96,514 0.00%
2011 91,873 -4.81%
2012 97,442 6.06%
2013 97,442 0.00%
2014 96,514 -0.95%
2015 91,873 -4.81%
2016 88,161 -4.04%
2017 96,514 9.47%
2018 92,802 -3.85%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Costa Rica & Panama comparison

Costa Rica's area is approximately 51,060 km2 (19,714 sq mi), while the area of Panama is approximately 74,340 km2 (28,702 sq mi). This means Panama is 45.59% larger than Costa Rica.

As of October 2021, Costa Rica's population is ~8.9 million people - 1,053,567 fewer people than the population of Panama.

We have highlighted Costa Rica & Panama’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Costa Rica Panama Difference
Population (est 2021) 8,894,748 9,948,315 1.1 million fewer people live in Costa Rica than Panama
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 98 138 Costa Rica has 40 fewer diplomatic representations abroad compared with Panama.
Travel freedom (2021) 111 105 Costa Rica passport holders can visit 6 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 52 75 Costa Rican hosts 23 fewer foreign missions than Panama.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from Panama travel to Costa Rica in one year?

The number of visitors from Panama visiting Costa Rica in 2018 was approximately 92,802.

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  • San Jose to Panama City: 320.86 km (199.37 mi)
  • Travel time: 40 minutes

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