Executive Decree 19, signed by President Laurentino Cortizo and Minister of Public Security Juan Manuel Pino, establishes that this regulation has been in force since its promulgation in the Official Gazette on Tuesday.
When asked by Prensa Latina about the details of this measure, SNM officials preferred not to make any comments and referred this news agency to the legal document.
The regulation indicates that the visa may be granted for a maximum of 24 hours and only authorizes people to remain in the international transit area of the airport, so that they may continue their trip.
It also indicates that such authorization must be requested personally by the interested parties at the Panamanian consulate in the country where they are, with a minimum of 15 working days prior to the date of the flight.
The cost of the visa is 50 dollars, the same established for regular tourists, under previous provisions issued in 2008, and then modified in 2009.
In order to apply for this kind of visa, travelers must provide, among other documents, an application form, two passport photographs, a copy of the passport (valid for at least six months) and a proven area reservation or itinerary for the continuity of the trip.