Panama: Tourists Must Carry Identification

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.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

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.

Immigration sources insisted that there is no article in the new law that compels tourists to carry a passport while traveling through the country. However, they warned that visitors have to travel with documentation that fully identifies them."



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