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Panama pre-arrival requirements

Sep 28, 2009
Pre-registration documents for yachts can be downloaded from the Panamanian Maritime Authority’s Web site.  (Panamanian Maritime Authority)

Pre-registration documents for yachts can be downloaded from the Panamanian Maritime Authority’s Web site. (Panamanian Maritime Authority)


In an effort to speed up entry procedures, yachts visiting Panama are now required to pre-register with Panamanian authorities at least 48-hours prior to their arrival at any Panamanian port of entry.

Upon arrival in Panama, yachts must still follow normal entry procedures, but pre-registration will help speed up the process.

A pre-registration form can be downloaded from the Panama Maritime Authority’s Web site at: www.amp.gob.pa/atraque/CaptaCartaAtraqueYates.aspx.

The completed document should then be e-mailed to the authority at seguprotma@amp.gob.pa. If e-mail is not an option, yachts should arrive with the following information in hand:

• Date

• Agent (if applicable)

• Type of yacht (sail/power)

• Flag

• Last port of clearance

• Panama port of call

• Estimated time of arrival

• Registration number

• Net tonnage

• LOA

• Radio call sign

• Yacht e-mail

(if applicable)

• Captain’s name

• Owner’s name

• Crew list with passport numbers and nationalities

• On board safety equipment and any health security, pet remarks

• Contact telephone number