Panama to tighten immigration policy for Colombia, Venezuela, NicaraguaStaff Writer | May 27, 2017
Panama's government said on Friday it will tighten its immigration policy toward Venezuela, Colombia and Nicaragua, including halving the amount of time tourists can stay.
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Panama also has complained that the peace process between the Colombian government and Marxist rebels there has hurt the Central American country by sparking a surge in drug production.
"The measure is going to be focused in reducing the permit to stay for tourists from 180 to 90 days and ensure that those people have the income to certify that they are entering the country as such," President Juan Carlos Varela told reporters.
In recent years Panama has absorbed thousands of Colombians fleeing the conflict at home, as well as many Venezuelans seeking to escape economic crisis and social unrest. ■