Controversy over requirement that tourists carry their passport
The Panama tourism sector is protesting the 10 euro fine that is applied to foreign tourists who do not carry their passports on them.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
They say, that on the contrary, it is normal for hotels to advise tourists to leave their passports in their rooms in order to prevent robbery, and recommend that they carry a photocopy instead.
The U.S. has chosen Panama to be part of the Global Entry agreement which allows expedited entry into the airport in that country.
Immigration sources pointed out that in order to travel throughout the Panamanian territory a foreigner must carry documentation to prove that the stay is legal.
Panama is promoting itself as a destination for "incentive tourism" that companies offer to their executives, employees and clients.
Authorities in Guatemala's tourism sector are hoping for an increase of close to eight per cent of visitors to the country this year.
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