Tightening of Immigration Rules in Panama

The timeframe for tourist visas has been reduced to 90 days and the period of validity for temporary cards for those seeking temporary or permanent residence reduced from 12 to 6 months.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

From Decree 590 of the Executive Branch, published in La Gaceta:

"... Article 16. Immigration authorities at the National Immigration Service will issue tourist visas valid for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days, if foreigners comply with the requirements of this regulation without prejudicing what is established in international agreements ratified by the Republic of Panama and the principles of reciprocity."

"...The National Immigration Service will grant a license procedure for a period of six (6) months to foreigners who apply for permits within the Migratory categories and subcategories of temporary residents and permanent residents."

See full decree, in force since January 10, 2017. (In Spanish)



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