On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending the entry into the United States of certain immigrants who pose risks to the U.S. job market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. The proclamation is effective from 11:59 p.m. United States Eastern Time, April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless prolonged by the President. US citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those with valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation are not subject to the proclamation. Valid visas will not be revoked under this Proclamation. Routine visa services have been suspended at US Embassies. USA Worldwide, but as resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide mission-critical and emergency visa services for applicants not subject to this presidential proclamation. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at: -economic-recovery-following-covid-19-outbreak/

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020:

-          Brazil;

-          The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;

-          The Republic of Ireland;

-          The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)

-          The Islamic Republic of Iran;

-          The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us for specific guidance. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us for specific guidance at Information concerning rescheduling a pending consular appointment is also available at


On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries.  The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas.  More information is available at this link


 Information for visa applicants regarding the new coronavirus: Beginning March 17, 2020, the United States Embassy in Panama will cancel routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments. Since March 23, 2020, the US Embassy. USA It does not accept requests through the Interview Waiver, by mail, mailbox, mail and any documentation that Fletes Chavale had sent will not be accepted. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but we cannot provide a specific date at this time. The MRV consular fee / fee is valid and can be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year from the date of payment. If you have an urgent problem and need to travel immediately, follow the instructions provided at For more information contact us.



If you are not a resident of Panama and will be traveling to Panama for your visa interview, we strongly encourage you to travel with your appointment letter in your hand luggage in case the Panamanian authorities request evidence of why you are entering the country.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are applying for a visa under the Visa Interview Waiver Program either renewing or if you comply with the requirements for minors under 14 or people over 80, please verify the requirements in and IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY YOUR PROCESS WILL BE DELAYED.


 The U.S. Embassy in Panama has extremely limited storage facilities for visitors and is not responsible for items either left or lost on its premises. Carrying many items dramatically slows down the security screening process, resulting in much longer waiting times to enter the building. We request you bring nothing to the embassy except the documents related to your visa interview and absolutely refrain from bringing multiple electronic items and bags.


If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but unable to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at, and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of any U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you may have received regarding your ESTA status.

More information about restrictions to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, including the requirement for an electronic passport, is available at


Effective Monday, 22 June 2015, the U.S. Embassy will strictly enforce the regulation restricting Consular Section access to visa applicants only. This is necessary due to space constraints. Accompanying personnel will not be permitted entry to the Consulate with the following exceptions:

  • Elderly visa applicants requiring assistance
  • Minors under 18 accompanied by parents or legal representatives
  • Disabled applicants requiring assistance
  • Representatives from social organizations sponsoring applicants
  • Translators for those individuals who do not speak Spanish or English
  • The Consular Section will not respond to inquiries about individual visa cases from third parties as visa information is confidential. Consequently, the section will not entertain inquiries from third parties accompanying visa applicants on the day of their interviews.
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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Panama. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Panama.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Panama.