Customs in Panama


You are advised to seek information on customs formalities before traveling to Panama. Find more information in this article.

You are advised to seek information on customs regulations in Panama while planning your expatriation. Some objects and products may be controlled or prohibited from entering the country. Whether you reach Panama by air or by sea, you will have to complete a customs declaration form on your arrival.

In general, the customs declaration form must stipulate that the value of the goods and products which are in your possession does not exceed a sum of US$ 2,000. Otherwise, you will have to pay a tax.

Free importation

Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages can be imported tax free, no matter the quantity. You are also allowed to bring perfumes and cosmetic products.

If you are importing spare parts or equipment in Panama by sea, you will face no restriction as long as their value does not exceed US$ 2,000 and you are in possession of purchase receipts.

Banned products

Prohibited products in Panama are:

  • illicit drugs
  • explosives
  • pornographic materials.

Firearms and bladed weapons must be declared to the customs authorities upon arrival in the country. Firearms will be seized by custom officers until your departure.

Departure tax

You will have to pay a departure tax amounting to some US$ 40 when you leave Panama.

 Useful link:

National Customs Authority of Panama

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