To better serve our American citizen community in Panama, the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit uses an appointment system for most non-emergency passport and citizenship services. All individuals will need to make an appointment online. Be advised that an individual appointment should be made for each family member seeking a service related to passports. Passport appointments are only scheduled during morning hours.
The section is closed on Panamanian and U.S. holidays.
All passports are printed in the United States and shipped to the Embassy within three weeks of approval of the application. To avoid delays or disruption in travel plans, we urge passport applicants to apply early for new passports and to allow adequate time for processing.
Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.
The $10 execution fee increase only applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, such as first-time applicants over 16, children under 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. The $10 fee increase does not apply to adults eligible to renew their passport by mail using the DS-82 form.
Customers applying with the DS-11 form pay two separate fees: an application fee to the U.S. Department of State and the execution fee to the passport acceptance facility.
The Department of State generally sets consular fees at an amount calculated to achieve recovery of the costs to the U.S. government of providing the consular service. The latest Cost of Service Model showed that the costs associated with passport execution were higher than the current fee of $25.
The fee change was published in the Federal Register as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and public comments were accepted until November 18, 2016, 60 days after the Notice’s publication. The Final Rule, implementing the change, includes the Department’s response to relevant comments received.
Passport and Passport Card Pick up
If you applied for your passport/card at the Embassy: Please pick up your new passport/card at the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the Consular Section. Hours of operation for passport pick up are: Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Please go to the Cashier’s Window and wait until the last person in line is served. Please note that the Cashier will not deliver passports before 11:00 a.m. due to the high number of regular notarial appointments.