The National Migration Service (SNM) will extend the visas of Venezuelan citizens whose migratory status expires due to the suspension of flights to their country of origin for a period of 30 days.
This was reported on Saturday by the Panamanian Foreign Ministry through an official statement, after President Nicolás Maduro prevented the entry of the Copa Airlines company to Venezuela, in the context of a scandalous breakdown of relations with Panama.
The Foreign Ministry stressed that although the ambassador of Panama in Venezuela was removed, the embassy is operational. “The staff is attending the consular procedures at regular times, and is in charge of the Chargé d’Affaires, Raúl Rolla,” said the Panamanian institution.
Venezuelans in transit through Panama for more than 12 hours were also exhorted to contact the embassy located in Caracas. While, if there is any additional need for damages caused by the suspension of flights, they must be managed directly with COPA.
“There is no change in immigration policy regarding asylums or (sic) refugees,” the Foreign Ministry explained in the same document, entitled “Frequently asked questions about recent measures adopted by Panama with respect to Venezuela” and available on the Ministry’s official website. Of Foreign Affairs.
Also, the entity announced that the migratory status will not be affected by the recently adopted measures.
Finally, in relation to Venezuelans who are about to be deported, the Foreign Ministry points out that these processes will not be affected by the rupture of ties between Panama and Venezuela. “The regular procedures carried out by the National Immigration Service will continue,” concluded the portfolio that operates under the command of Vice President Isabel De Saint Malo.