The Government of Panama introduced new immigration procedures to continue improving its tourism, investment and trade with European countries and emerging economies.
As per Executive Decree, Panama waived immigration restrictions for citizens who hold Schengen Visas or are current residents in the European Union; and gave an approval to make flexible visas for Indian citizens.
The first decree, signed by Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, Panamanian President, and Alexis Bethancourt, Panama’s Minister of Public Security, states that visas issued by countries of the Schengen Area should be multiple entries, must have been used earlier in the granting country and must have validity of minimum one year at the time of entering Panama.
The second decree, which was also signed by Varela Rodríguez and Bethancourt, states that the visas stamped for Indian nationals may be issued by the Consulates of Panama in India, and they would cost $50, as determined in the regulation of consular fees. The stamped visa’s migratory category is the same as that is currently applicable to nationals of countries such as China, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, stamped visas of which are issued by the National Immigration Service after the migratory checks and corresponding security from diplomatic offices are carried out.
By enforcing both Decrees, the Government of Panama confirms its commitment to a policy of migration that assures more organized and secure flows, as it seeks to lure more visitors from the world’s largest markets and its main emerging economies.
The Government of Panama states in its press release that this decision was part of a diplomatic measure to strengthen relations with world powers and to resume cordial relations with countries with which Panama has not had close ties in the past, including Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia and India.
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