PANAMA PRESIDENT, Juan Carlos Varela, said Saturday, March 18, that there will be no more using of tourism permits to establish residency in the country.
Varela pointed out that whoever arrives in Panama as tourist can do so but if he or she wants to remain with relatives already in the country or has other plans they can do so as long as they follow the parameters established by Panamanian law.
The president explained that “we cannot afford for the six-month tourist permit to be used to cross the border and then return, and stay here as if you were a permanent resident”.
On Friday, Javier Carrillo the director of the National Migration Service said that foreigners living in Panama as tourists must, at the end of five months leave the country for at least a month if they want to re-enter Panamanian territory.
Carrillo said that the new measure “is for those who have more than five months in the country as tourists and leave for nothing more than to re-enter. Now they have to be out of the country for at lest 30 days.