In an effort to eradicate the “permanent tourist,” new legislation has been enacted that requires those on a tourist visa to spend 30 days out of the country before re-entering as a tourist. This much has been confirmed and is being enforced at the Sixaola and Paso Canoas borders. There are conflicting reports to whether the tourist visa is still 180 days or is 5 months, whether you can enter and leave during that time period and whether during those 30 days you are to go to your home country or not. What is clear though is that if you plan being in Panama for a long period of time, you should definitely look into establishing residency. Panama makes the process relatively easy compared to most countries in the world. The Bocas Breeze has contacts to the best immigration lawyers in Panama. Contact if interested and stay tuned for updates on the tourist visa and residency requirement policies.


The Bocas Breeze is a digital and print newspaper proudly serving the Bocas del Toro community since 2004; reporting news, advertising local businesses and promoting tourism in Bocas del Toro, Panama.


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