Panama Tourist Visa Cut down to 90 days

As of October 1, 2021, the Panama tourist visa will be cut in half, from 180 to 90 days, according to the National Immigration Service.

This is the second resolution that affects perpetual tourists in Panama. The first being a resolution that came out in May introducing a new visa for digital nomads as well as an amendment of the popular friendly nations visa. 

Changes to the Tourist visa in Panama 

- From October 1, 2021 Tourists entering Panama can stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days. 

- The 90 days will kick in upon arrival. 

- proof of exit is required. 

Prior to October 1st, 2021, the law states tourists can stay in Panama for 180 days. However, tourists can only drive on their foreign licenses for 90 days at a time. The new resolution puts the rules in line with each other.

What is still unclear is, how long you need to leave Panama after your 90 days are up. t too much of a big deal. Since the resolution does not say anything about how long you need to leave Panama, some are speculating that it could very well be up to the discretion of the immigration agent. 

In May, Panama introduced a digital nomad visa, allowing nine-month stays in the country for remote workers who fit the requirements. It also amended its Friendly Nations Visa program to cut out some loopholes, which makes it harder for many.