TODAY PANAMA – A faster method for extending visas to Cuban citizens wanting to enter Panama, will be in force from today, according to an Executive Decree signed by President Juan Carlos Varela.

The decision, advanced by the head of State during his recent visit to Cuba, refers that visas can be extended for up to three years of multiple entries and exits from Panamanian territory and will be decided by its Consul in Havana.

The document, published yesterday in the Gaceta Oficial, says that in the diplomatic see will be accredited two officials representing the National Security Council (CSN) and National Migration Service, which will analyze the requirements of the applicants and their background.

With that decision, the Government of Panama eliminates the procedure standing until now, consisting in the revisión by the CSN of each Cuban citizen applying for entry to the Central American nation, process that usually lasted several months.

This change will be extended too to nationals of the Dominican Republic and will facilitate tourist trips or those of passengers coming from both nations, assured Varela in dialogue with journalists.

Article first appeared on Todaypanama.com