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What You Should Know When Moving to Panama

By: Laurie Cooper

Panama is fast becoming the preferred destination for vacations and relocations. Expatriates are becoming more and more interested in moving to Panama, with many Americans favoring it due to its close proximity to the United States. For many Americans, moving to Panama is not much different from moving from the West Coast to the East Coast. The reasons for moving to Panama include retirement, a vacation in its beaches, a visit with friends and relatives, work, investments, and starting a new life. Whatever your reason for moving to Panama, you can be sure that the country and its people will not dissatisfy you.

Aside from its beautiful beaches on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides and its cosmopolitan atmosphere, moving to Panama has its benefits. Since Panama is an international business center, you will encounter little difficulty in dealing with business. Since it is also a transit country, transportation and communication is modern and convenient. Since it is the most highly industrialized country with by far the most developed economy in Central America and consider third one in Latin America.

There are many ways available to expatriates who wish to move to Panama. The country has a very straightforward and direct visa program including Tourist Pensioner Visa, the Private Income Retiree Visa, the Small Business Investor Visa, Temporary Immigrant Visa and Student Visa. From children to retired persons, from individuals to families, moving to Panama is easy and convenient. The country has a wealth of natural and man-made riches to offer expatriates, ranging from seemingly endless coastlines, a tropical climate, an excellent education system, an efficient medical system, a myriad of business and investment opportunities, and a stable peace and order situation, to its hospitable and warm people.

For pet lovers, moving to Panama should not a problem. Over all the process is simple, though you must be warned that the rules are quite strict. Some basic requirements include a veterinary certification from your home country and the Panamanian consulate, and in-home quarantine (which you must send a letter of request to the Panama Department of health at least two weeks before arrival).

As to moving household effects, with the logistics of packing, finding the right moving company, preparing the legal documents and dealing with customs agents. It is recommended that you buy your furniture and appliances in Panama, but the choice is still yours. We recommend always to be advised by a real estate company with knowledge in relocation and legal services.

After the papers and the packing, moving to Panama involves learning on your part. You need to learn conversational Spanish to get you by in the first few weeks of your move. Although, English is widely spoken here, it will not hurt to learn a few Spanish. Although Panama is cosmopolitan, you also need to learn a new culture for it can have nuances and subtleties alien to your old country.

You can start enjoying the place we call home and the home we call paradise. Venga gozar de Panamá!

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About The Author, Laurie Cooper


Laurie Cooper, of Cpanama Real Estate Corp., is an expert on Panama real estate. For more information, please visit www.cpanama.com.
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