The tourist length of stay is reduced to Colombian, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan nationality foreigners
The Panamanian government has made official the new immigration measures, through the promulgation of Executive Decree 269 of 2017, signed by the president Juan Carlos Varela, and the Minister of Public Security, Alexis Bethancourt.
In this way, the time of stay as a tourist within the national territory to foreigners of Colombian, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan nationality is reduced to 90 days.
In addition, the Pre-registration of new applications for extraordinary regularization of foreign citizens derived from Executive Decree 167 of 2016 is closed.
Applications that have been received in light of this Decree will be carefully reviewed to determine those who meet the established requirements to be regularized.
Once the Pre-registration is closed, all extraordinary regularizations will be suspended. Consequently, foreigners who enter the country must maintain their status as tourists or avail themselves by the rest of the ordinary immigration categories established by Decree Law 3 of 2008.
The Ministry of Public Security reiterates that through the National Migration Service, it will continue to apply immigration legislation strictly, including deportation, expulsion or return of all foreigners who violate the country laws.
In compliance with the immigration laws, under the present administration 7,877 people have been deported, expelled or returned and based on the different agreements of security information exchange, intelligence and migratory alerts that the Republic of Panama maintains with other States, 32,283 Travelers have been returned to their countries of origin, preventing them from entering the country or their transit through Panama through different migration control points.
On the other hand, the Government of Panama communicates that through the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development, it will continue to carry out operations at national level to ensure the correct application of labor regulations.
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