Visa of Passer-by in Quality of Technician
Legal foundation: Articles 1, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18 of the Decree Law #16 of 30th of June of 1960, the Decree Law #13 of 20 of September of 1965, 6ta of 5 of 1980 Decree and the Law March #52 executive of 19th of February of 2003.


The companies that need to bring to the personal country that by one single time and that of temporary way enters the Panamanian territory in order to make a technical, specific work in a company u it builds will be able to contract foreigners who enter with status of passers-by or who once enter the national territory welcome to this status. These foreigners enter the Panamanian territory with the spirit of to continue its trip to another country or to return to its country of origin within a non greater term of three (3) months no prorrogables and to make the activities for which there are contracted already they are of technical character, of the cultural field, artistic or musical, they must have the previous authorization of Ministry of Work and Labor Development. Also, they are subjects to treaties of commerce, the fiscal laws and nobodies of the effective dispositions on protection to worker, to the professional or the Panamanian retailer.

The Company must obtain a Temporary Permission previously of Work in favor of the foreigner, valid by a term of three (3) months, that technician or expert in the area describes to specify the work to carry out and to pay the Tax On Rent corresponding to the value of the hiring. In addition, it will have to perceive a minimum entrance of five hundred dollars ($500.00) monthly.

The foreigners who enter the country as a “Technical” Passers-by or as “Expert” they must carry out a work for which no exist in the country national enabled the effect and to indicate the reason for which it is required of those professionals. This visa must be asked for and be transacted before foreigner enters the national territory. Exceptionally, contracting company will be able from Panama, to ask for the change of status of tourist to previous passer-by payment of the sum of one hundred dollars ($100.00) in favor of the National Treasure that entails this change of status. They apply restrictions to professions that are protected by special regulations that reserve to professions or offices stop the nationals.


  • Provisional Id.
  • Medical certificate of Good Health sent within the three (3) months previous to the date of presentation. (It must have date, company’s signature and stamp with the name, code and record number of the doctor).
  • Power of attorney at law and Request.
    • Power:
      • General of the contracting company:
        • Partnership name and Commercial Name,
        • Location of the main office,
        • Fax and Telephone numbers,
        • Email address,
        • Name and general information of the Legal or Empowered Representative if there is.
      • Complete Information of the person or people interested:
        • Name,
        • Nationality,
        • Exact address,
        • Name and Nationality of the parents,
        • Telephone numbers,
        • Email address.
      • General Information of the Lawyer
        • Office’s Address,
        • Fax and Telephone numbers,
        • Email address.
      • Tax stamp of value of USD$4.00 by page.
      • The Power will have to appear personally before the civil employee of the National Office of Migration and Naturalization or with the Note of Personal Presentation before Public Notary.
    • Request:
      • Complete and general information of the applicants and its dependants.
      • Complete and general information of the lawyer.
      • Complete and general information of the checks that are contributed:
        • Number of the Check,
        • Name of the Bank,
        • Date,
        • Amount.
      • List and identify the documents that are enclosed.
      • Expose the foundations in fact and of right.
      • Tax stamp of value of USD$4.00 by page.
  • Background Record of the country of origin or the country where it has resided interested last the two years. If the person interested it has two or more years of continuous residence in Panama he is free to present this document.
  • Passport of the country of origin with a minimum validity of six months of each one of the applicants.
  • Photocopy of the passport of each applicant.
  • Two (2) photos membership card size of each applicant.
  • Sworn declarationon of Personal Antecedents.
  • Certified Check by the amount of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS (USD$100.00) in favor of the National Treasure.
  • Certified Check or of Management by the sum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) in favor of the Ministry of Government and Justice for repatriation deposit (this will be reimbursed once fulfilled the term of A passer by Visa, being the left foreigner the national territory) or in this case, guarantee of fulfillment in favor of the National Office of Migration and Naturalization.
  • Contract of original work, or authenticated photocopy, authenticated by the MITRADEL in which it is indicated:
    • The specific duty of the foreigner,
    • Wage to pay ,
    • Period by which it is going to be contracted which could Not be superior to three (3) months - contract per defined time and
    • Schedule of work.
  • Letter of work in paper letterhead of the company signed by Legal representative, detailing the specific work to carry out, the term by which it is going to be contracted and the responsibility of to repatriate it once culminates its workings.
  • Photocopy of the Commercial License of the company.
  • Receipt of payment of the Tax on the Rent of the total value of the hiring with its Safe pass for corresponding.
  • In case of being foreign companies that by virtue of some contract celebrated with the State requires to contract foreigners for the fulfillment of this contract, must contribute copy of the contract celebrated with the State authenticated by General Controllership (Auditory) and letter of the state organization responsible for fulfillment of this contract, in where it indicates that this organization state it endorses this hiring and the request of Visa of Passer-by for the interested foreigner.
  • In case of being professional or technical foreigners whose work to make is related to any reserved profession by law to the nationals or with special laws; it will have to fulfill the same ones and to contribute the authorizations of the responsible organization. In addition, it will have to contribute the Contract of Work authenticated by MITRADEL, of the Panamanian worker who will be enabled by foreigner who this applying the passer by Visa.