Cubans May Request A 'Shopping Card' To Travel To Panama

Author:CLD Legal
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Cubans may request a purchase card to enter Panamanian territory, according to a statement issued by the National Migration Service Panama (SMP). The document will be issued at the consulate of this Ithmian country in Havana, will have a price equivalent to 20 dollars and will allow an entry for 30 days.

To acquire the purchasing card, Cubans must present their identification as self-employed, or in their absence, a certificate that they work as creators or craftsmen. There is also the possibility of obtaining the document having previously traveled to Panama or to another country.

Cubans who have a Panamanian visa will not need the purchase card. Panama grants some 1,000 visas stamped every month to citizens of the Island and so far in 2018 there are more than 35,900 entries to Panama from Cuba. Last year they were more than 71,700, a figure much higher than in 2010, when they hardly traveled 6,000.

The Isthmian country is one of the most important destinations for the so-called mules that are dedicated to import clothing, footwear, medicines and appliances to the island for resale on the black market, a way to alleviate the chronic shortage of the network of national stores.

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