According to a statement from the diplomatic mission on its official webpage, the grace period for applying the Executive Decree No. 19 is extended through March 15, 2022.
The statement also said that those people who have tickets reserved from Wednesday, March 16, 2022 onwards and are not in a position to apply for the transit visa in the proper time can reschedule their flight and apply for their transit visa later.
On Thursday, a group of Cubans flocked together in front of the Panamanian embassy in Havana to be informed following the Panamanian government announced some changes for visa requirements for Cubans.
The new immigration measure applies to those who pass through Panama on their way to immigrate to another nation or to go back to Cuba. It just authorizes the individual to remain in the international transit area of the airport, in order to continue their journey.
This measure also sets down the obligation for the interested party to request it personally, costing $50 US dollars, at the Panamanian consulate in the country they are located, with a minimum 15-day time prior to the date of the trip.
To process the transit visa, traveler must submit, among other documents, an application form, two ID-type photographs, a copy of passport (minimum validity of six months) and confirmed area reservation or itinerary of continuity of the journey. A copy of the identity document of the country of residence is also required (with a minimum validity of six months) as well as proof of payment made for consular fees.