Panama: New Rules for Entry Visas

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.

Friday, July 17, 2009

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.

From Prensa.com: "President Martinelli approved this in his third Minister Cabinet council...Those interested will request their tourism visa at the closest accredited Panamanian consulate, with a minimum of 48 hours prior to the date of entry into national territory".

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Panama to Require Visa for Venezuelans

August 2017

As of October 1, 2017, Venezuelans traveling to Panama will need a stamped visa in order to enter the country.

From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama:

August 22, 2017. The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, announced today that from October 1, Venezuelans traveling to Panama will need a stamped visa in order to enter the national territory.

Panama Wants More Chinese Tourists

August 2017

The Varela administration is assessing the possibility of making the requirements to grant tourist visas to Chinese citizens more flexible, in order to attract tourism and investments from the Asian country.

The possibility was raised by representatives of the Panamanian government to their Asian counterparts on an official tour that is taking place in China. 

Dominican Republic and Honduras Eliminate Visas

July 2017

The agreement signed between governments abolishes the visa requirement for citizens of both countries who enter for tourism or business purposes for a term of up to 60 days.

From a statement issued by the government of Honduras:

Tegucigalpa. With the aim of promoting tourism and facilitating the movement of Honduran and Dominican citizens, the governments of Honduras and the Dominican Republic signed an agreement today establishing the abolition of visa requirements for their nationals in ordinary passports.  

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...".

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