The Ministry of Public Security of Panama recently reported several changes to the decree-law regarding A visa is required for Cuban citizens transiting through that nation.
In this regard, it has been released Executive Decree No. 48 of June 6, 2022which amends Articles 1, 3 and 5 of Executive Decree No. 19 of March 8, 2022.
Its modifications include Now there are new exceptions under which Cuban citizens will not need a transit visa.
The most important is that Persons who have had permanent residence of five years or more in third countries and who return to those countries from Cuba are exempted from submitting a transit visa.
The regulations also consider other exceptions, aiming to Those traveling to Cuba, maintaining a valid Panama tourist visa or holding a valid permanent residence or multiple visa previously used in the granting country.
The transit visa, valid for three months, extends the minimum application period to at least 30 days prior to the date of travel.
On the other hand, the decree approved in March regulated that in addition to the documents necessary for the application, the flight reservation must be submitted with its confirmed continuation.
As of the entry into force of Decree No. 48 of June 6, 2022, It will only be necessary to present the reservation or itinerary, without further proofwith the rest of the documents.
Among the objectives of the new decree, which seeks to “control the flow of immigrants” to and from Panama, is to speed up the transit of Cubans who need a visa to cross the country to and from the country, and will come into effect as of the 3-month publication.
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