Panama Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Export regulations::

Restrictions exist only on "Pets". An authorization is required from the "Ministerio de Agricultura" (Ministry of Agriculture).

Pets::

Passengers arriving with pet cats and dogs must:
1. present to the Zoonoses Control Dept. at Panama City, Tocumen International (PTY):
- health certificate issued by the health authority in country of origin within the last 30 days. The certificate must be stamped by the official authority in country of origin or authenticated by the Panamanian consul in country of origin. It must state a rabies vaccination for dogs/cats of 3 months of age or older;
2. request (home) quarantine by sending arrival and pet's details 3 working days prior to arrival, to the Panamanian Ministry of Health. Fee: USD 130.- per pet, paid upon arrival.
For detailed information and notification form, refer to: www.minsa.gob.pa or contact cam@minsa.gob.pa or tel: +507-238-3855/4059.
The Zoonoses Control Dept. is open Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 23:00. Prior arrangements must have been made if pets arrive outside these hours or on public holidays .

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Panama if it is an international airport with customs facilities.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Panama if continuing on the same international flight.



Airport Embarkation Tax

Airport Tax is levied on all passengers departing from Panama: USD 40.-.
Place of payment: Airport of departure, or included in the ticket.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Panama Balboa -PAB: in coins only; US Dollar (USD) is the local currency in banknotes) and foreign currencies: no restrictions. USD 1.- equals PAB 1.-.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Panama Balboa -PAB: in coins only; US Dollar (USD) is the local currency in banknotes) and foreign currencies: no restrictions. USD 1.- equals PAB 1.-.




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