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

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.

Costa Rica: Streamlining of Visas for Chinese Tourists

August 2014

The Immigration Department has improved systems at the consulate in China in order to make it easier for Chinese citizens to obtain the visa they need to visit the country.

As part of a strategy to promote tourism being carried out by Costa Rica in China, the immigration systems operating in the consulate are being updated in order to provide a more streamlined service for issuing visas.

More Facilities for Foreign Tourists in Guatemala

March 2012

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.

"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).

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