More Facilities for Foreign Tourists in Guatemala

The Commission on Sustainable Tourism (Comiturs) has requested free entry for every tourist that has a U.S. visa in order to facilitate immigration procedures.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"We are trying to bring more tourism revenue into the country, by helping tourists come to Guatemala," said Alfonso Muralles, president of Comiturs, attached to the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport).

The executive said that currently travelers are discouraged by paperwork. Muralles stressed that this measure has been adopted by Mexico and Costa Rica, which has allowed a massive influx of tourists, reported Prensalibre.com.

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Panama Eases Tourist Entry

September 2009

It won't request visas for travelers with U.S., Australian, Canadian, U.K. or E.U. visas.

Ernesto Orillac, from the Tourism Authority (ATP), reported that said citizens must purchase a $30 tourism card before entering the country.

Newspaper prensa.com published extracts from ATP's communique: "...these countries comply with rigorous migration controls, with high levels of security and reliability...".

Panama: New Rules for Entry Visas

July 2009

Citizens of restricted visa nationalities, but holders of Canadian, US, EU or Australian visas will be able to enter the country with a tourist status.

An authorized visa had to be obtained before, a process that could last up to 6 months, as it required approval of the Public Safety and National Defense Council.

Mexico drops visa requirement for Panamanians

April 2008

Mexico's government has advised Panamanian authorities that the agreement to drop visa requirements for Panamanians visiting Mexico as tourists, businessmen, or in transit has gone into effect, as of yesterday.

"This is good news for Panamanians," said Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis Navarro. He recalled that Mexican President Felipe Calderón promised to make the change during his recent visit to Panama.

Common Tourist Visa for Central America

November 2009

For the rest of the world, we are becoming better known as Central America rather than different countries, specially in the tourism industry.

Andrés Oppenheimer compared the integration process of the European Union, and the "disintegration" process of Latin America. In his analysis, he highlights the importance of tourism visas, a very important topic in Central America, a region betting on an "industry without chimneys" as its main development vector.

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