Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Panama
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in Panama. The Bulgarian Embassy in Mexico is accredited to Panama.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Mexico
Address: Paseo de la Reforma 1990, Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, Del. Miguel Hidalgo, c.p.11000, México D.F.
Telephone: +52 55 55963283; +52 55 55963295
Fax: +52 55 55961012
Consular reception hours: 09.30 - 12.30h (Mon - Fri)
Information by telephone: 09.00 - 14.00h (Mon - Fri)
E-mail: [email protected]
Embassy of Panama in Athens (accredited for Bulgaria)
Address: 1-3 Filellinon & Akti Miaouli, 185 36 Piraeus
Tel.: +30 210 4286 441
Fax: +30 210 4286 448
Е-mail: [email protected]
The national currency is the “Balboa” which is equivalent to one U.S. dollar.
Public security is within normal, without any serious problems for tourists.
It is forbidden to import foodstuffs.
Panama carries out a consistent combat under a number of international programmes against drug trafficking. The international airports in Panama are equipped with most advanced technical devices for control of drug trafficking. The sentences for illegal trade in drugs vary from 10 to 25 years.
Travel papers and visas
Passport - valid for at least six months.
No visas are required for Bulgarian citizens, for stays of up to 90 days.
For further information on visa and other issues, Bulgarian citizens can seek assistance on the following telephone numbers and e-mail addresses:
Foreign Ministry, Consular Affairs: +507 511 4100/4200
Embassy of Panama in Greece: +30 210 4286441-3
It is necessary to submit a return ticket or a ticket to a third country.
In case of travelling children, if not accompanied by their parents when leaving the country, they should present a birth certificate. In the case of travel by air, an exit fee of USD 40 needs to be paid.
Sanitary conditions - no specific recommendations.
Vaccines - mandatory yellow fever vaccine for people entering Panama from African and/or Latin American countries.
It is not recommended to use euros, as it is still difficult to find banks that exchange this currency.
When entering the country, amounts not exceeding USD 10,000 do not need to be declared.
The possession and use of drugs is a strictly punishable offense.
Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents
The Bulgarian citizens in Panama could apply for issuing of new passports, identity cards and driving licences through the Bulgarian embassy in Mexico which has the technical equipment for the collection of biometric data - fingerprints and photographs.
Certification and Legalisation
Panamais a Signatory to the Hague Convention for the certification of public documents with an Apostille. When presenting public acts of Panama in Bulgaria and from Bulgaria in Panama, the only requirement for documents certified with an Apostille is to be translated into the respective language, and such translation must be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama or by any diplomatic or consular representation of Panama.
The certification procedure of the translated documents from these countries for use in the Republic of Bulgaria is as follows:
- The document is certified by the Foreign Ministry of Panama;
- It validated by the Embassy of Mexico in Panama;
- Validation by the Mexican Foreign Ministry;
- Validation by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Mexico accredited to Panama.
After a public document has obtained an Apostille, translation can be made in Bulgaria, according to the established procedure.