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Is the six months for Canadians a permanent change?

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I asked Yasser (Alexis) Williams Arosemena - my lawyer - if the 6 month extention for the tourist visa is a permanent change. Roberto

 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 November 2010 17:20 Read more...
 

Live major league sports in Panama?

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 A reader asked me recently if the questions I post are real, or do I make them up? I laughed - these are hardly Letters to Penthouse - although I am Facebook friends with Xaviera Hollander. 

I can assure you, if I were making them up, I would make them much more flattering to me - such as "Is it true you were voted one of the most handsome men in Latin America?" Or "Thank you Roberto, you are my hero"

Anyway - this question came in from Ron in DC:

 

How is the coverage of Canadian and American sports in Panama? Can we watch hockey and football live? Ron
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 August 2010 18:52 Read more...
 

Who do you believe? Conflicting opinions about Panama

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This came in from a reader who is getting mixed messages about Panama. When you get conflicting reports, who do you believe? Roberto

I got this response from a friend of a friend who moved to Panama for a while. I am wondering what you think about these comments; particularly what she says about having to leave the country  for 2 weeks and the drug cartel.  Thanks, Gretchen


Also, does my Husband need to have a coat and tie with him during our visit?  Do some restaurants require this?
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 August 2010 18:49 Read more...
 

Canadians can stay in Panama for 6 months now

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 Tourist visa for Canadians extended to 6 months

Yasser (Alexis) Williams Arosemena (www.aroslaw.com) advised me today that Canadians are now permitted to stay in Panama on a tourist visa for up to 6 months - an increase from the current 30 days (which can be extended to 90 days)

This may be a result of the Free Trade Agreement signed between Canada and Panama earlier this year - and it is good news, especially for Canadian snowbirds - Florida is not our only option to get away from the winter anymore! Roberto

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 September 2010 00:17
 

What to wear in Panama

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Can you wear shorts in Panama?

This came in from a prolific reader.
Roberto, one last question before I stop bothering you, we have heard that we should not ware shorts in Panama, what is the correct wardrobe to bring with us?? Thanks, I'll stop asking now !!!!
Carol

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 August 2010 18:52 Read more...
 

You meet the nicest people in Panama

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It truly is a small, small world. 

My wife and I met a family (Del and Pam Vezeau) and their two kids, Seth and Lauren at Woody's 2 at Playa Blanca just before Christmas last year.

They kindly offered to sponsor the Christmas in Cocl√© project by buying a $350 inverter for Santa's sleigh (my truck, with a couch decorated as Santa's sleigh on the roof) so we could play Christmas carols for the kids of Guzman during their first-ever Christmas party.

Guzman is one of the poorest villages in all of Panama, with 95% unemployment, very poor soil, no indoor plumbing or electricity.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 17:33 Read more...
 

English Schools in Panama

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This is a link to a forum on schools in Panama. I found a few very informative, however the postings all are dated. Roberto

board.panamatotal.com

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 August 2010 18:53
 

Medical issues may effect entry to Panama

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 Questions regarding being close to International airport and how medical issues effect Pensionado Visa. Roberto

 

Dear Roberto,

My husband and I, along with our youn son, are contemplating a move to Panama. 

It all seems so overwhelming! We plan to visit in October, and evaluate things hands on. Choosing an area is obviously the most difficult part.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 August 2010 13:40 Read more...
 

Panamanian Embassy's in Canada

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 A request came in from a member in Peterborough, ON asking where the Panamanian offices for authenticating documents in Canada are located. Roberto

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 06:40 Read more...
 

Tons of questions about moving to Panama

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 HI Roberto,

 
SUCCESS...we have title to our condo in Neuve Gorgona. Yasser Arosemena has done a totally Stand Up job for us....has gone out of his way to be  helpful. Thank You very much for your referral.
 
We are waiting for a complete insurance quote including contents as our new condo is beautifully furnished.
 
We are SO Looking forward to returning to Panama as home owners. We will come right after Xmas.
 
Do you have the Pensionado Visa and if so do you find that it benefits you?
 
Is there a social network of English speaking expats?
 
Last Updated on Friday, 17 September 2010 00:16 Read more...
 

Worst Travel Companies in Panama

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 Consumer complaints increase 5.2% in 2010, according to ACODEC (Panama's Consumer Protection Agency).

 In 2009 ACODEC settled small claims for a total of $28,122, against $26,728 in 2008, representing an increase of 5.2%.
For the first five months of 2010, there have been 17 claims for a value of $21,028
Agents with the highest number of claims were Prestige Travel, All Star Vacation, National Travel Club, Tourist Promotion and Multivac Decameron
Panama, according to the newspaper La Prensa.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:39
 

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