IMMIGRATION

Varela says immigration rules will be enforced

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Immigration controls will become much more strict at the border with Costa Rica. Immigration controls will become much more strict at the border with Costa Rica. Expandir Imagen
Immigration controls will become much more strict at the border with Costa Rica. ESPECIAL PARA LA PRENSA/Sandra Alicia Rivera

President Juan Carlos Varela said that he will enforce immigration laws and prevent abuses.

Varela said that anyone who arrives in Panama as a tourist can do so, but if they want to stay in the country or look for work, they must follow the parameters established by Panamanian laws.

"We can not afford to use the six-month tourist permit to allow people to stay here as if they are permanent residents," he said.

On Friday, National Immigration Service Director Javier Carrillo reported that foreigners living in Panama as tourists should leave the country for a month if they want to re-enter the territory.

Carrillo said that this new measure "is for those who have been in Panama for more than five months as tourists."

Imigration warned that persons will cease to be considered tourists once they initiate the procedures for an immigration permit.

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