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Panama City

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MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

Getting Married in Panama

Panama offers a variety of beautiful landscapes, beaches, islands, valleys, and people to fall in love with.  Foreigners come to Panama just to get married and honeymoon here.  Anyone over 18 years of age from anywhere can come to get married in Panama.  Residency in Panama is not required.

In order to get married in Panama there are requirements and documents to submit.

Here are the required documents and procedures for a Panama marriage:

• Application for a marriage license at the nearest court to where one-party lives.

• Health certificate by both persons includes a physical from a licensed medical doctor prepared within 15 days before the Panama marriage.

• Medical lab tests include:

a) Complete blood count

b) Urinalysis

c) Hemoglobin electrophoresis

d) Venereal diseases (VDRL) and

e) AIDS/HIV test

• Birth certificates of the parties and their children:

a) The birth certificates must be apostilled which is an internationally recognized government authentication of public records.  U.S. citizens can obtain this from the Secretary of State office in each state.

• Take the apostilled documents to Panama’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Spanish “Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores”).

• Never married singles need to obtain a certificate declaring he or she a lifetime single (Certificado de Solteria).  This can be achieved by signing a sworn assertion in front of a Panama notary public and two witnesses (who are unrelated and confirm the single status) which asserts that he or she has always been single.

• Parties who are divorced or widowed need an apostilled divorce decree or death certificate.

• The wedding ceremony must be witnessed by two people unrelated to either party.

• All parties must bring all of the above-mentioned documents and either Panama identity card or passport to the Panama Marriage Court (in Spanish, Juzgado en Turno en Matrimonios) for the civil wedding ceremony.

Panama Roman Catholic Marriage

The Panama Roman Catholic Church requires that the Panama civil wedding occur first.  Before the Catholic wedding the couple is required to take a pre-marriage preparation course and upon completion the couple will receive a Certificate of Attendance.  Panama City has nine parishes offering this course in Spanish.

After obtaining the Certificate of Attendance the couple will sign a Statement of Marriage in front of a priest along with two witnesses.  The church will also want baptism certificates for the couple from the church which performed the baptisms.  Foreigners can obtain an authenticated baptism certificate from a bishop in one’s home country.  Finally, provide a copy of the Panama civil marriage certificate.

If these Panama Marriage procedures and documents are too difficult to acquire Contact Us at POLS for a quote for performing these services along with all your Panama Immigration and Panama Relocation needs.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

American citizens must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Panama. Panamanian law requires that the passport be valid for at least three months after the traveler's intended exit date from the country.

Getting a U.S. passport costs anywhere from $105 to $135, depending on whether you're renewing a passport or applying for a new one and whether the passport is for an adult or child. Processing times can take up to six weeks or longer, so be sure to apply for your passport early to allow plenty of time to receive it in hand prior to your trip. If your trip to Panama is fast approaching, you may also pay additional fees of $15 to $75 for overnight delivery and expedited service.

Americans visiting Panama for to to 180 days are not required to have visas. If your travels require you to stay longer than 180 days, you will need to visit the Offices of Immigration in Panama to apply for a visa. You may find it helpful to consult with a Panamanian attorney to learn about your options and the visa requirements that apply to your specific situation.

Because visitors are only allowed to stay for 180 days without a visa, customs officials may ask to see proof that you've purchased a return ticket upon your arrival in Panama. This can be a ticket home or onward to another country, as long as the departure date is within the 180-day window.

You may also be asked to show proof that you have at least $500 to your name, which you can do by showing the customs officials a bank statement, credit card or $500 in cash.

Those traveling through the Panama Canal via cruise ship do not require a visa. This holds true even if you plan to leave the ship at some point and sightsee within the country itself. Those traveling via private plane or boat do require a pre-stamped visa, which can be procured from the Panamanian Embassy or consulate.

It is always a good idea to make a copy of all your important documents, such as the front (informational) page of your passport. Keep one copy of the these documents for yourself and store it separately from your passport while traveling, and give a second copy to someone not traveling with you.


CURRENCY

Balboa

LANGUAGE

Spanish

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Panama City has a tropical savanna climate, a little drier than a tropical monsoon climate. It sees 1,900 mm (74.8 in) of precipitation annually. The wet season spans from May through December, and the dry season spans from January through April. Temperatures remain constant throughout the year, averaging around 27 °C (81 °F). Sunshine is subdued in Panama because it lies in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, where there is a nearly continual cloud formation, even during the dry season.

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Panama City, the capital of Panama, is a modern city framed by the Pacific Ocean and the artificial Panama Canal. Casco Viejo, its historic center with cobblestones, is famous for its colonial-era sites, such as the Neoclassical Presidential Palace and squares full of bougainvilleas with cafes and bars. From the Miraflores Locks you can see the ships that cross the channel, an essential commercial route that joins the Atlantic and the Pacific.

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Playa Veracruz Only 30 minutes outside of Panama City, Playa Veracruz is the easiest beach to get to when you just want to relax under an umbrella with a cold beer or practice your surfing skills. Isla Grande Two hours outside of Panama City in the Colon Province is the colonial town of Portobelo which boasts the most beautiful stretch of Caribbean beaches near the city. Playa Santa Clara, however, has white sand beaches that stretch for miles alongside a calm blue ocean that is perfect for swimming or just splashing around. On the weekends, many people from Panama city head to Santa Clara for a good time, transforming the quiet beach into a party with sounds of reggaeton and laughter. Playa Las Lajas is set along Panama’s Pacific coast in the Gulf of Chiriquí. It's one of the most popular mainland beaches in the area because it's close to both David and the Inter-American Highway.

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Tocumen International Airport is the International Airport of Panama City, the capital of Panama. The airport serves as the home base for Copa Airlines and is a regional hub to and from The Caribbean, South, North and Central America and additionally features routes to some European cities.

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Shopping Malls Panama is a good place to buy electronics, clothing and cosmetics, and with Panama´s rapidly growing economy, everyone’s shopping. Home to several U.S.-style shopping malls, one can find any and all brands in Panama City, dollar shirts to designer boutique stores. Souvenirs Souvenirs are available in speciality shops located within many of the malls, as well as the airport, but for a high mark-up. Smaller stores located in the the capital´s center offer fairer prices. There are formal as well as makeshift craft fairs and displays from local artisans throughout Panama City, especially in Panamá Viejo and Casco Viejo, as well as in El Valle.

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The Panamanian people love a party, a fact reflected in a wide variety of nightlife spots-bars, discos, pubs and casinos. It all takes place in three sectors of the city: Casco Viejo by far the most popular nightlife destination and the historic Spanish Colonial, the business district, and the spectacular Amador Causeway connecting a string of Panama Bay islands with ocean and city views both day and night. As in any big city, keep to the lighted main streets and have a great time. Taking a taxi from your hotel is the best way to get to any of these places.

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Panamanian cuisine is a mix of African, Spanish, and Native American techniques, dishes, and ingredients, reflecting its diverse population. Since Panama is a land bridge between two continents, it has a large variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs that are used in native cooking. Typical Panamanian foods are mildly flavored, without the pungency of some of Panama's Latin American and Caribbean neighbors. Common ingredients are maize, rice, wheat flour, plantains, yuca (cassava), beef, chicken, pork and seafood.

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Panama City is the capital and largest city of Panama. It has an urban population of 880,691, with over 1.5 million in its metropolitan area. The city is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama. The city is the political and administrative center of the country, as well as a hub for banking and commerce.

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