What is the change? Panama is introducing a new online process for parents to apply for exit permits for minors.

What does the change mean? The application and supporting documents are to be submitted online to the National Immigration Service and the exit permit must be printed out, notarized and taken to the airport when the minor exits the country.

  • Implementation time frame: April 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: Exit permits for minors.
  • Who is affected: Parents of Panamanian or resident minors who will be traveling alone, with one parent or with a nonparent.
  • Business impact: Foreign residents should be aware of the new procedures and plan to apply ahead of travel, leaving ample time to gather supporting documents and to have the form notarized.
  • Next steps: The online application will be available at

Background: Applicants must also upload a copy of the child’s passport, copies of both parents’ passports and a copy of the passport card or valid escort card if the child will be traveling with a third party. The form must be printed and taken to a notary to validate the information. The notarized form must be carried and shown to the immigration officer if requested.

Minors who are traveling with both parents do not require an exit permit; however, they must show their passport, youth card or birth certificate.

BAL Analysis: The online process should simplify the exit permit application process, but parents are advised to leave enough time to have the form notarized and factor in possible delays as authorities transition to the new process. BAL has confirmed with immigration authorities that cases where the authorization has been issued through a power of attorney for multiple exits will not be affected by these changes.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Panama. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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