Ministerio de Salud ordena el cierre temporal de establecimientos comerciales y empresas salvo ciertas excepciones
DECRETO EJECUTIVO NO. 500 DEL 19 DE MARZO DE 2020
Mediante este Decreto Ejecutivo se ordena el cierre temporal de establecimientos comerciales y empresas de persona natural y jurídica en todo el territorio nacional, con excepción de las siguientes actividades:
- Toda la cadena de producción, distribución, comercialización y venta de:
- Alimentos (plantas procesadoras, empacadores y distribuidoras de alimentos, supermercados, hipermercados, abarroterías, empresas de empaques y envases y alimentos de bebidas).
- Medicamentos y productos de higiene (farmacias).
- Equipos de seguridad.
- Materiales de construcción (ferreterías, fabricación y distribución de tanques de gas y de agua).
- Insumos veterinaries y agrícolas.
- Empresas de mantenimiento, operación y distribución de equipos medicos.
- Fabricantes de empaques de todos los sectores antes listados.
- Todo lo relacionado con transporte marítimo, terrestre y aéreo, logísticva y el Canal de Panamá, tales como aeropuertos, servicios, y reparaciones a naves, aeronaves, puertos, corredores de aduanas, Metro de Panamá, MiBus, transporte de exportación de madera, transporte de combustible y gas, entre otros.
- Todo lo relacionado a seguridad (seguridad privada).
- Abogados idóneos para el ejercicio de la defense de personas detenidas durante el periodo de Toque de Queda.
- Restaurantes (solo para entrega a domicilio u órdenes para llevar).
- Empresas para distribución, suministro y transporte de combustible.
- Todo lo relacionado con Banca, financieras, cooperative, seguros y demás servicios financieros. Incluyendo a los proveedores de procesamiento electrónico de transacciones, cheques e imágenes a instituciones bancarias.
- Empresas que brinden servicios públicos:
- Comunicaciones y transporte.
- Call Centers.
- Luz y energía eléctrica.
- Industria de Generación, transmisión y distribución y operación de energía.
- Aprovisionamiento y distribución de aguas destinadas al servicio de las poblaciones.
- Clínicas privadas.
- Clíncas de veterinarias.
- Funerarias, salas de cremación, cementerios.
- Industria de la construcción (fabricación, distribución y despacho de concreto, cemento y sus derivados).
- Industria agropecuaria. Así como la Industria Agroalimentaria.
- Equipos médicos-hospitalarios, medicamentos, vacunas y cualesquiera otros artículos e insumos de salud pública.
Este Decreto entra a regir a partir del 20 de marzo de 2020 y tendrá una vigencia de treinta (30) días calendario.
Puede consultar el texto completo en: https://www.gacetaoficial.gob.pa/pdfTemp/28985_A/77941.pdf
Ministry of Government suspends all international flights temporarily
EXECUTIVE DECREE No. 244 OF MARCH 19TH, 2020
By means of this executive decree, published in the Official Gazette as of March 19th, 2020, the Ministry of Government suspends all international flights temporarily.
- All international flights arriving and departing from Panama are suspended for thirty (30) calendar days, as of 11:59 p.m. from Sunday March 22th, 2020, for public health reasons.
Aspects to be considered:
- This executive decree complements the measures taken by the government of the Republic of Panama to avoid and mitigate the pandemic declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- The suspension measure applies to all commercial and general flights.
- The suspension period may be extended on the merit of the information provided by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Panama.
The National Immigration Authority ceases public attention
RESOLUTION No. 5893 OF MARCH 16th, 2020
By means of this Resolution, published in the Official Gazette on March 18th 2020, the National Immigration Authority, ceases public attention.
- Due to the actions recommended by the Ministry of Health to prevent possible contagion for workers, employers and users, the National Immigration Authority, including the regionals offices of the National Immigration Authority, has ceased the public attention from March 16th up to April 7th, 2020. This period may be extended according to the National State of Emergency.
- As of March 17th, 2020, only national and foreigners with temporary, permanent or provisional residences authorized by the National Immigration Authority will be allowed to enter to Republic of Panama.
- All persons entering Panama must comply with the measures taken by the Ministry of Health, remaining in observation and surveillance by the health authorities, as well as completing the quarantine of fourteen (14) calendar days.
- On the basis of the best interests of the child, under-age tourists whose paternity or legal custody is exercised by nationals or foreign residents, will be allowed to enter the Republic of Panama.
Aspects to be considered:
- This resolution complements the measures taken by the Government of the Republic of Panama to avoid crowding, preserve public health and mitigate potential risks of contagion.
- Personnel from the Immigration Authority at the borders controls and Airports will remain operative.
República de Panamá adopta medidas temporales de carácter laboral para evitar contagio de COVID-19
De conformidad con el Decreto No. 78 de 16 de marzo de 2020, el Gobierno de la República de Panamá ha adoptado nuevas medidas para empresas dentro del territorio nacional las cuales son de carácter obligatorio y se resumen así:
- Los trabajadores de 60 años o más, al igual que los que padezcan de enfermedades crónicas pueden acogerse a vacaciones vencidas o adelantadas por un mínimo de 15 días.
- Los trabajadores procedentes de cualquier país de riesgo están obligados a comunicarlo a las autoridades sanitarias y cuando reciban la instrucción de someterse a cuarentena, están obligados a permanecer en su domicilio y notificarlo a su empleador.
- Los empleadores podrán hacer uso de las modalidades de teletrabajo o trabajo a disponibilidad, a decisión del empleador, quien lo comunicará a sus trabajadores mediante nota que deberá ser enviada vía Web al Ministerio de Trabajo y Desarrollo Laboral (Mitradel).
- Trabajo a disponibilidad significa que el trabajador sin estar en el lugar de trabajo permanece a disposición del empleador, durante la jornada de trabajo.
- Los trabajadores están obligados a acatar la decisión del empleador sobre teletrabajo o trabajo a disponibilidad y, en caso de desacato el empleador puede pedir la intervención de las Autoridades Sanitarias y la Policía Nacional. El empleador también podrá sancionar al trabajador con suspensión de 1 a 3 días, sin derecho a salario, aun cuando no el empleador no tenga Reglamento Interno de Trabajo aprobado.
Este Decreto es temporal mientras se mantenga el Estado de Emergencia Nacional.
Puede consultar el texto completo en: https://www.gacetaoficial.gob.pa/pdfTemp/28981_D/77837.pdf
Resolution No. 17405 of August 29th, 2019.
As of September 4TH, 2019, The National Immigration Authority (hereinafter “SNM” for its acronym in Spanish) established new requirements to request Rehabilitation of Permanent Residence Permits (hereinafter “Rehabilitation”) for foreigners, who have remained outside of Panama for more than two (2) years and up to six (6) years.
- Foreigners to whom SNM has canceled their permanent residence permit for been absent of Panama for more than two (2) years and up to six (6) years, can request the restitution of their permanent residence permit through the Rehabilitation process, with simplified requirements.
- Previously, to request Rehabilitation, the foreigner had to submit (i) all the requirements of the immigration category previously approved, duly updated; and (ii) an affidavit given before Public Notary stating the reason why the person was absent from Panama.
- Resolution No. 17405 of August 29th, 2019 provides that Rehabilitation can be requested with the following documents:
- Copy of the permanent residence permit resolution or copy of the permanent resident card issued by SNM.
- Copy of the passport’s data page and registration stamp.
- Copy of the permanent resident card issued by the Electoral Tribunal duly authenticated.
- Affidavit given before Public Notary, stating the reasons why the person was absent from Panama.
- Power of attorney.
- The following time limit are established (i) thirty (30) business days to request Rehabilitation, which will be counted from the date of entry to Panama; and (ii) up to six (6) years of absent from Panama. After these terms Rehabilitation cannot be requested.
- Exceptions: Rehabilitation cannot be requested for foreigners, who have obtained (i) a permanent residence permit by Panama-Italy Treaty; or (ii) a temporary resident permit by “Crisol de Raza” and Extraordinary Regularization Process.
Executive Decree No. 238 of June 10, 2019
REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR EXECUTIVES OF MULTINATIONAL HEADQUARTERS OFFICES (“SEM” for its acronym in Spanish).
As of June 11th, 2019, the requirements to apply for the Permanent Resident Permit for Executives of SEM companies who i) continue working at a SEM company, and ii) no longer work for a SEM company.Read more
Executive Decree No. 249 of June 10, 2019
PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR FOREIGNERS WHO HAVE OBTAINED RENEWAL OF THEIR PROVISIONAL RESIDENCE PERMITS OF 10 YEARS AND 6 YEARS ARE ESTABLISHED.
As of June 13th 2019, the date on which this Executive Decree became effective, the procedure and requirements for applying to the Permanent Residency for foreigners who have obtained their 10 or 6-year Provisional Residence Permits are established.Read more
Executive Decree No. 237 of June 10, 2019
EXECUTIVE DECREE NO. 182 OF MAY 28th 2019, THROUGH WHICH THE TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT AS EMPLOYEE OF AVIATION COMPANIES WAS CREATED, IS MODIFIED.
As of June 11th 2019, the current Executive Decree for the Subcategory of Temporary Resident as Employee of Aviation Companies located in the Republic of Panama, is modified.Read more
As of May 28th, 2019, five (5) Executive Decrees were enacted to modify rules related to the granting of residence and work permits. The main changes are the following:
NATIONAL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITY.
- Stay Visa for citizens of the United States of America:
A new category of Stay Visa is created for citizens of the United States of America, for reasons of studies, investment, temporary or technical work, or labor transfer. It will be granted for a term of one (1) year, extendable annually up to five (5) more times.
- Temporary Resident as Employee of Aviation Companies:
The category of Temporary Resident is modified for Employees of Aviation Companies based in the Republic of Panama, who will be granted a residence permit for two (2) years, extendable for the same term, until completing a total period of six (6) years.
MINISTRY OF LABOR
- Work Permit for Permanent Residents:
A new category of work permit is created for permanent residents, which will be granted for a term of three (3) years, extendable for the same term.
- Work Permit for Foreigners married to a national:
It will be now granted for two (2) years the first time and the extension for three (3) years each time. Previously, it was granted for a term of one (1) year, extendable for one (1) year each time.
- Work Permit for Foreigners, within ten percent of the ordinary personnel:
It will now be granted for a term of two (2) years, extendable for the same time. Previously it was granted for a term of one (1) year, extendable for one (1) year each time.
- Work Permit for Expert or Technicians, within fifteen percent of the specialized personnel:
It will now be granted for a term of two (2) years, extendable for the same time. Previously, it was granted for a term of one (1) year, extendable for one (1) year each time until completing five years.
- Work Permit Marrakech Agreement:
The minimum number of workers that a company must have of less than ten (10) workers is established. The company must have a minimum of three (3) Panamanian workers and may only have as a foreigner the worker applying for the work permit.
- Work Permit for Professional Foreigner:
It will now be granted the term of two (2) years, the first time, and the extensions for three (3) years each time. You can apply for this work permit with a temporary ID card; that is, even by not having the resolution of approval of residence permit.
The National Immigration Authority communicates new regulations for the immigration processes of Venezuelans in Panama
By means of Executive Decree No. 123 of March 26th, 2019, the nationals from Venezuela who currently live in Panama and hold an expired passport will be able to use this passport to file their immigration processes, provided they have an extension stamp issued by the Consulate of Venezuela.
- This Executive Decree only applies to nationals from Venezuela.
- The Venezuelans in Panama will be able to file their immigration processes, provided they have an extension stamp in their passports, issued by the Consulate of Venezuela.
- The Immigration Authority will accept the expired passports with the extension stamp up to 2 years after the original expiration date of the passports.
- This Executive Decree is effective as of March 27, 2019 for 6 months.
National Immigration Authority informs the implementation of new migratory regulations in order to facilitate the family reunion of Venezuelans and promote the shopping tourism from the nationals of Cuba
Executive Decree No. 612 of October 22, 2018
As of October 23, 2018, the National Immigration Authority creates the Humanitarian Matters for the Venezuelans Residents in Panama Office, to facilitate the applications for family reunion.
Through this office, the Venezuelan resident in Panama will be able to submit the petitions for the stamped visas of their family members in the fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, so they can travel to Panama.
The Panamanian Consulate abroad, will proceed to stamp the correspondent visa with the reference number that the Humanitarian Office in Panama will provide.
- The Venezuelan resident in Panama will be able to request the stamped visa on behalf of their family members in the fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity.
- The executive decree became effective as of October 23, 2018.
Executive Decree No. 613 of October 22, 2018
As of October 23, 2018, the nationals from the Republic of Cuba, that are interested in coming to Panama to visit and shopping will be able to obtain in the Panama Consulate in La Havana, a tourist card.
This tourist card will be granted to the nationals of Cuba that demonstrate they possess a self-account card or demonstrate that have travel to Panama or to a third country before. This tourist card is valid for one use, for a term of 30 days and it will cost $ 20.00.
If the person possesses a stamped visa to enter Panama, it will not need to obtain this tourist card. The stamped visa will still be issued.
- The tourist card will be issued to the nationals from Cuba that plan to come to Panama to visit or shopping.
- The nationals from Cuba that already possess the stamp visa to enter Panama, will not need to obtain this tourist card.
- The Tourist Card is valid for one entry and for a maximum stay of 30 days.
The executive decree became effective as of October 23, 2018.