I received the following email from a reader:
I was told by a Gringo that he was stopped on the road to the airport (check point) and when ask for his passport. He was caring only a copy of the main page with photo and the stamp page when he entered the country. The policeman let him go but told him he was not legal traveling around without the passport.
Do you know what is the fact? He was a tourist with no jubalado card.
I decided to see if the Embassy had an answer and forwarded the email to them.
I received the following reply:
Hello Mr. Williams,
Each person needs to have a valid I.D. However, in the case of the tourists, we learned that authorities usually, at their discretion, let them stay or travel within the country with the copies mentioned in the email below plus a valid I.D. as the foreign driver’s license. Hope this info helped.
I post this just for information purposes only. You may or may not run into problems when traveling in Panama. I have no knowledge if the problem is widespread or in some particular areas.