Authentication of Documents:

The processing time is 3 business days from the day we receive your documents- exceptions can be made those travelling with pets


  1. All Documents to be authenticated MUST be legalized by Global Affairs Canada first (Department of Foreign affairs).
    • The following documents need to be notarized before going to Global Affairs Canada:
      • Bank Letters
      • Copies of passports
      • Short form or wallet size birth certificate
      • Short form marriage certificate
    • The following documents DO NOT require notarization:
      • High school or post-secondary transcripts
      • True Photostatic copies of birth certificates or marriage certificates (Long form)
      • RCMP Police records. Only RCMP with picture and fingerprints are accepted in Panama for immigration records
      • International Health certificates stamped by the Food and Inspection Agency

    (NOTE: The Embassy offers a service to notarize and authenticate the documents at Global Affairs Canada. This service is for up to 10 documents per client. Also note that the services counter at Global Affairs Canada is closed on Fridays. Customers should take this into account when processing their douments for travel.
    Please contact us for more information.)

  2. The Fee for each document is US $30.00 for the first page and US $2.00 for each additional page attached to the first page. If you should need the Embassy to take the documents to Global Foreign Affairs on your behalf, a handling fee of $30USD will be added to your receipt. In addition, there will be a separate local courier fee of $25CDN which is payable in cash only.
  3. Payments can be made in cash (exact change only) or Money Order payable to: "Embassy of Panama- Consular section"

You can mail the documents to the Embassy, but you MUST provide a prepaid return envelope for us to send the documents, after the authentication is done.

Traveling with Pets:


  1. Obtain the International Health certificate stamped by the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency.
  2. All Documents to be authenticated MUST be legalized by Global Affairs Canada (Department of Foreign affairs).
  3. Get the health certificate authenticated by our Consular section. (See Authentication of Documents above).
  4. Prior to arrival to Panama, send the Domestic Quarantine Form to cam@minsa.gob.pa.
    • This document will advise the Panamanian authorities about your pet arrival, and assure that an officer will be waiting at the airport to inspect your pet.
  5. Upon your pet arrival in Panama you will have to pay US $130.00 for Domestic Quarantine. This fee allows you to take your dog home with you, and will avoid overnight stays in quarantine.
  6. If the owner does not fulfill the requirements, the pet will be sent back to the country of origin at owner's expense.
  7. The Fee for each document is US $30.00 for the first page and US $2.00 for each additional page attached to the first page. There will also be an additional fee of USD $30 for the Embassy, to take your documents on your behalf to Global Foreign Affairs to be legalized.

The Health Department at the Tocumen Airport hours of operations are from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm Monday to Friday. If you do not arrive in Panama during these times, please make the necessary arrangements with the above mentioned authorities.

Getting Married:


  1. Birth Certificate.
  2. AIDS and VDRL tests issued by a Recognized Canadian health Center (Canadian Ministry of Health) issued no more than 10 days before marriage. These tests can also be performed in Panama upon arrival.
  3. Certificate of single status.
  4. Certificate of Baptism (If you are going to get married in a catholic church).
  5. Copy of your Canadian Passport.
  6. Marriage license - To be done in Panama.

Please Note:The documents mentioned above must first be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs – Authentication and Service of Documents and then by one of our consular offices. Some documents must also be authenticated by a Canadian notary or commissioner of oaths.