Tourists, investors and executives traveling to Panama As of October 2, they will not be subject to the new operational adjustments that the National Immigration Service will apply to stop the wave of irregular migrants crossing the Darien jungle on their route to the United States.
“The operational adjustments established by the National Immigration Service that will come into effect on October 2, 2023, will not apply to tourists, investors or executives who visit Panama,” the Panamanian government reported in a statement published on Monday.
The immigration authorities They will create a profile of the people who arrive to the formal checkpoints and, if it is determined that they are irregular migrants, they will be prevented from entering.
In these interviews, people They must present $1,000 dollars as economic solvency.
“The request for economic solvency and the granting of 15 days will not be applicable to tourists, investors or executives,” they explained.
The Panamanian government also indicated that these parameters will only be applicable to those who maintain a profile that could fit, according to their interview, a possible irregular migrant. “as long as there was no reason for its inadmissibility.”
He clarified that the measure is based on decrees Law 3 of 2008 and Executive 320 of 2008 and on Resolution 22,068 of 2021. The latter, he noted, reestablished the legal term authorized for the stay of people who enter Panama as tourists. for a period of up to three months, counted from the moment of admission to the country.
US and Canadian citizens who maintain a period of 6 months from entry will be exempt. Nor will they be required to have financial solvency commensurate with the length of stay.
Other measures announced by the government are the strengthening of deportations of foreigners with criminal records and the construction of spaces located near communities affected by the diaspora.
Panama complained in August the few efforts of the Colombian government of Gustavo Petro to avoid irregular migration. “He does not want to collaborate with closing traffic, with minimizing traffic, he is not doing it,” said Samira Gozaine, director of the country’s National Immigration Service.
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