The president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, announced that from October 1st Venezuelans who wish to enter Panama must have a visa.
A few days ago, Varela said that, faced with the political crisis in Venezuela, Panama would implement immigration measures that strengthen internal security, in addition to supporting the return to democratic order in the South American country.
Amid the announcement, made at a press conference from the Palacio de las Garzas, Varela reiterated the call for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to respect the separation of powers, human rights, freedoms and negotiate a political solution to the current situation.
"The rupture of the democratic order in Venezuela puts at risk the security, economy and employment sources of the Panamanians," declared the Executive. He also assured that he will always "take the necessary measures to protect the interests" of the nation.
A partir del 1 de octubre de 2017 los venezolanos que viajen a la República de Panamá necesitarán visa estampada. pic.twitter.com/Ll8USwAVok— Juan Carlos Varela (@JC_Varela) August 23, 2017
He tomado la decisión de exigir visa a los ciudadanos venezolanos que quieran viajar a Panamá. pic.twitter.com/VAZ1merNn6— Juan Carlos Varela (@JC_Varela) August 23, 2017
Agradezco la confianza del Pueblo panameño y garantizo que siempre tomáremos las medidas necesarias para proteger los intereses de Panamá.— Juan Carlos Varela (@JC_Varela) August 23, 2017