Panama exempts Cubans from transit visas who travel to their country

The government of Panama amended an earlier standard and introduced a new provision exempting Cuban citizens or crew members transiting through the isthmus on their way back to their country of origin from the need for a visa.


The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in contact with the Panamanian authorities regarding visas


New Executive Decree No. 20 signed by the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo; The Minister of Public Security, Juan Manuel Pino, amended the first and second articles of the previous article in force since March 8 of this year.

In this way and according to the text published the previous day in the Official Gazette, Cuban citizens traveling to the island are exempt from the requirement to obtain visas for transit passengers or crew members.

It also exempts from this authorization citizens who have a valid residence permit or multiple visa, Previously used in the donor country, valid for a minimum of six months at the time of transit, and duly granted by the United States and Canada.

In this case, it also includes citizens with valid residency or multiple visas issued by Australia, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Singapore and any of the countries that make up the European Union.

All other passengers with a Cuban passport who need to make a stopover in the Republic of Panama will be subject to the visa for transit passengers or crew members, as stipulated by the new decree.

The previous provision, No. 19, demands in Articles I and II, the condition of obtaining a transit visa for all Cuban passengers or crew members in transit through the Channel State, valid for three months and only authorized for the person to stay for 24 hours in the international transit area of ​​the air terminal, in order to continue your journey To another destination or to your country of origin.

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