Using a mobile application travelers arriving at Tocumen airport can carry out security prechecks up to two weeks before arriving in the country.
The digital system can be used by Panamanians and foreigners on computers, tablets and mobile phones, allowing travelers to enter their personal and flight data for review prior to their entry to the airport.
Another 11,000 foreigners from 44 different countries have regularized their immigration status and obtained work and residency permits.
" ... Some 54 foreign nationalities have regularized their status, in the seventeen days that the process takes, without any hitches, although the number of regularized people has increased compared to the previous processes," said Javier Carrillo , director general of the National Immigration Service (SNM by its initials in Spanish) .
An extraordinary migratory regularization process, called " Panamá, Crisol de Razas” (Panama, the Melting Pot) will be reactivated from 3 to October 7, 2011.
The country has large numbers of foreigners with irregular migratory status, and this will be the seventh time that this process has been activated The process aims to grant residence permits to foreigners who have been in the country for a year or longer, for which they must show entry stamps from when they came to the country.
Foreigners who have been in the country for more than two years will be able to legalise their status, subject to paying relevant fees.
The process, called “Panama, Crisol de Razas" (Melting Pot) will begin on 16 July in Atlapa and continue for four months, indicated the director of the country’s Immigration Service (SNM), María Cristina González.
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.
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".
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.
Rafael Perez wrote in Prensa.com : "This information comes as a result of criticism led by the Panamanian Association of Hoteliers, who have complained that immigration staff has detained tourists and fined them for not carrying a respective passport.
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