Alert New Changes to Tourist Visa for Panama As of Today
Yesterday, President Varela altered the Panama Tourist Visa requirements. Executive Decree No. 320 done in August of 2008 stated that tourist Visas were offering Visas for 6 months.
This was changed yesterday to reduce the 6 months to (90 days) 3 months. No longer can tourists remain in the country legally after 3 months. This applies to all foreign visitors.
Those who are in the country now (before January 10, 2017) still have 6 months before their tourist visas expire.
For those who are in the midst of applying for migratory, temporary or permanent residency visas the National Migration Service is granting a term of a six months visa at a cost of $50.
How this will effect tourism and business is anyone’s guess. But as all things Panama, it might change tomorrow.
Whether or not the law has changed or was not written as described, different interpretations of the law seem to floating around now in the news. Some say certain countries are excluded from this new law and so they will retain the 180 days.
People I have talked with coming back from Paso Canoas after the 10th told me they were told it is 90 days. So it is a matter of interpretation of who you talk with, even the immigration people at the border. So please be advised that this new law and my news of it may not be the interpretation you receive. Things here are often a work in progress.