Trip and Travel Info 

Readiness Checklist

Everything you need to prepare yourself and your team for your trip to Panama is listed here. Kindly verify that everything on this list is taken care of prior to your arrival. All necessary documents are available below.


  • Passports: Check expiration dates and physical condition of each passport. Passports must NOT expire within 6 months of return date. Make 2 copies of each passport for team leader to bring in folder.

  • Group Travel Insurance: Travel insurance must be purchased for team. Print confirmation of purchase along with all policy information and team leader brings in folder.

  • Guidelines & Emergency Protocol: Team leader reviews Rio Guidelines and Emergency Manual with group prior to trip, each team member initials that they have read and understand both documents and team leader brings in folder.

  • Waiver: Each team member needs to print, read, sign and initial the Rio Waiver Form and team leader brings in folder.

  • Health History: Each team member needs to print, fill out and sign Health History form and team leader brings in folder.

  • Medical Insurance Info: Each team member provides current insurance information and team leader brings in folder.

  • Address Info: Provide Casa Paraiso address to each team member for filling out immigration forms upon arrival.

  • Luggage: Check baggage allowance, make sure suitcases are at 50 lbs max.

  • Point Person: Leave Casa Paraiso and Rio contact info with designated Point Person back home in case of an emergency situation. Print Point Person form and fill out and team leader brings in folder.

  • Casa Paraiso: If your team is staying at Casa Paraiso, the Casa Paraiso Pre-Trip Form has to be filled out prior to arrival.

  • Pray: We encourage you to seek the Lord diligently in prayer as you prepare to come to Panama and during your stay!                                                                                                                                              

Group Travel Insurance

Rio Missions Panama requires that short term teams purchase insurance for each team member, for the duration of their time in Panama. This protects team members from incurring the costs of emergencies overseas. Travel and the nature of the work that is done on trips presents risks and Rio strives to be proactive in providing the best care for our groups. Policies must be purchased through Mission Safe who specializes in Christian short term mission trip coverage. See the link below  



Health History

Please have each team member print and fill out the Health Form document below. Rio Missions strongly recommends that each team member has a physical examination or the approval of their primary care physician before committing to the trip. Heart conditions, pulmonary conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, and psychological conditions are examples of medical issues that are not conducive to a positive missions experience for you or your group. 

Point Person Concept 

The point person is someone who will NOT be on your international trip team and will serve as the link between the families and or sending agency and the team members. Please view the Point Person document below for further instructions. 

Guidelines, Emergency Manual and Waiver

Please read and review the information in the documents linked below. The trip leader will need to print one copy of the Guidelines and Emergency Manual and go over the information with the team prior to arrival in Panama. Each team member will also need to print, sign, and bring the Waiver Form.