Who Can Apply? Eligibility and List of Friendly Nations
Do you qualify for a friendly nations visa?

Navigating Eligibility: Who Can Apply for the Panama Friendly Nations Visa?

In our journey through the Panama Friendly Nations Visa series, we've learned about the program's purpose and benefits. Now, let’s explore who exactly can benefit from this opportunity. Here is the list of countries that qualify for the friendly nations visa.

Comprehensive List of Friendly Nations

Panama has designated a specific list of countries whose citizens it considers eligible for this visa due to their friendly relations. These countries span continents and include both emerging and developed economies. Here is the complete list of friendly nations eligible for the visa program:

  • Europe: Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland.
  • Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, United States, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay.
  • Asia and Oceania: Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, New Zealand.
  • Africa: South Africa.

Why These Countries?

These countries are recognized by Panama as having strong diplomatic, economic, or cultural ties, which make their citizens favorable candidates for contributing positively to Panama’s development. Being from one of these nations typically indicates a likelihood of easier integration into Panama's economic and social fabric.

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

To be eligible for the Panama Friendly Nations Visa, applicants from these countries must meet several key criteria:

  1. Economic or Professional Ties: Applicants must demonstrate a purpose for their stay, which could be starting a business, investing in real estate, or securing employment in Panama.
  2. Proof of Financial Solvency: This includes demonstrating a minimum investment of $200,000 in real estate or a local business, or a similar amount in a fixed-term deposit at a Panamanian bank.
  3. Clean Police Record: Applicants must provide a certificate of criminal records from their country of origin or where they have resided for the past two years, proving they have no criminal history.
  4. Health Certificate: A health certificate issued by a recognized authority, confirming the applicant does not have any contagious diseases.

Each of these criteria ensures that applicants are capable of contributing to Panama's economy and are unlikely to be a burden on the state.

Understanding who is eligible and what is required is the first step toward making an informed decision about applying for the Panama Friendly Nations Visa. If you are a citizen of one of these friendly nations and meet the criteria, you might be well on your way to starting a new chapter in Panama.

Stay tuned for our next post, where we'll delve into the application process, helping you understand each step you need to take to make your move to Panama as smooth as possible.

Now that you know who can apply, find out what steps you need to take to apply for the Panama Friendly Nations Visa in our next blog post.  Continue to Part 3: Application Process and Required Documents

Who Can Apply? Eligibility and List of Friendly Nations
Adam Phillips 30 April, 2024
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