Big Changes to Panama Tourist Visas

https://www.thevisitorpanama.com/2017/01/big-panama-tourist-visa-changes/

The Visitor reports

The Executive Decree No 590, sanctioned by President Varela said that the National Immigration Service authorities will issue valid tourist visas for a period no longer than 90 days (three months), when before they were for six months. The old tourist visa allowed foreigners to stay and even work during their six months in Panama. This has been modified.

Legislator, Elías Castillo, who has presented a bill, aims to reduce the influx of foreigners to the country, pointing out that it is necessary to regulate the presence of illegal immigrants who come in with tourist visas and stay longer than the law allows, some of them even working illegally.

Castillo added that the idea is not to deter tourists coming to the country, but to control the number of foreigners who are staying here permanently.

The Panama Tourism Authority administrator, Gustavo Him, said that three months for a tourist visa is a reasonable amount of time, bearing in mind that visitors normally stay between ten to 15 days.

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