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Richardwhiteman replied to the thread House inspector on the Panama forum on July 31, 2014:
redbull initially posted:
Can anyone refer certified house inspectors who are reliable with reasonable charges? Thanks, RB
Richardwhiteman replied on July 31, 2014 with:
Jon Cates, What did you do in Eugene? I take it you are in Panama now?
JonCates replied on July 31, 2014 with:
What city n P?? I worked Out of eugene for several Years.
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MaryAnnR replied to the thread Visa on the Panama forum on July 31, 2014:
lastresort initially posted:
I'm curious. I see lots of folks on this forum talking about crossing over to CR while waiting for their permanent visas. Do the folks located in Panama City make that trek too, or do they cross into Columbia to do this? Can you even do this?
MaryAnnR replied on July 31, 2014 with:
Or, even better than living in the west, live in or near Panama City, get a visa and skip the whole visa run. While you (correction) ARE a tourist, get a bargain flight to Miami. Do a little shopping before flying back. Panama City has nice green areas in Panama Pacifico and Clayton. No need to live 8 hours from great amenities, unless you are dreaming of gated communities filled with expats.
MaryAnnR replied on July 31, 2014 with:
Or, even better than living in the west, live in or near Panama City, get a visa and skip the whole visa run. While you a tourist, get a bargain flight to Miami from PTY. Do a little shopping before flying back. Panama City has nice green areas in Panama Pacifico and Clayton. No need to live 8 hours from great amenities, unless you are dreaming of gated communities filled with expats.
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panamajames replied to the thread Health/Prescription Insurance on the Panama forum on July 31, 2014:
amacias initially posted:
Does Panama have Health and/or Prescription type insurance/plans that we are used to back in the US? I had 1 prescription filled for $78.00 that would normally cost me $5.00 in the US under a prescription plan. Do prescription costs go decrease under the pensiando program?
panamajames replied on July 31, 2014 with:
You do receive Pensionado discounts on drugs here in Panama, but chances are that drugs in the US are cheaper than Panama.........We do get some cheaper drugs that come out of South America. You have to shop around
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playaplay replied to the thread Bringing My Dog to Panama on the Panama forum on July 31, 2014:
finessable initially posted:
I know this has been discussed before, but I would like to hear from someone who has recently (this year) brought a dog into the country from the USA. Exactly what is required and what is the timeline? My Vet said the USDA APHIS Form 7001 is good for 30 days. Does this have to be "certified" by the USDA? And where do I send it? What forms have to be certified at the Panamanian consulate? What are the timelines? What about certification for parasites (worms)? I haven't seen anything on this, but I know other countries are very strict in this regard. Thanks for any insight you can offer.
playaplay replied on July 31, 2014 with:
For those who want to know how things went for us... Received the documents back from the embassy today, as promised! Woohoo! So, timeline was...Mon: vet, USDA, and overnight docs to embassy with overnight envelope back. Tue: email embassy and inform of short timeline. They authenticated docs that day for me! I also email scanned docs to cam@minsa.gob.pa. Wed: docs leave embassy via Fed Ex. Thurs: I receive them. Have heard back from Jose at golden frog and he will walk us through. This is probably not necessary, but since we don't speak Spanish and we don't want to leave anything to chance at this point, I think we'll use him, as the cost is not significant. Again, I don't believe this is necessary. We have a lot at stake with our dog, so we want to be as careful as possible. Hope this helps someone. I will hopefully make one more update saying that all is well and we have made it all the way to La Barqueta without incident. :-)
amacias replied on July 31, 2014 with:
Yes Panama does use the US dollar. I didn't know why they wanted a non-worn $20, probably for the reason you stated.
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snyderman replied to the thread Suggested areas to visit on the Panama forum on July 30, 2014:
awc123 initially posted:
Hello: first let me apologize that this inquiry has probably been made many times before. I searched and did not see anything that appeared to be the answer I am seeking. I hope to retire in 2-3 years so I am now beginning to look for places to stay. I have been to CR, el Sal and will be in Guat in three months. the more I read of Panama, the more I am interested. Looking for suggested areas to visit. I am looking for an area within 1-2 hours of beach yet in mountain areas for cooler climes. I am in Ohio so I will spend the winter somewhere in Central Am. I have no idea of cities or areas in Panama that I should visit. I speak High school Spanish but am working on it. My girlfriend and I do not need big city amenities but small town atmosphere that is safe and friendly would be perfect. any suggestions? Need for additional info? thanks
snyderman replied on July 30, 2014 with:
altos del maria and or El valle-They are 35 min to the beach and about 1 1/2 hoours th Panama City
jonoyakker replied on July 30, 2014 with:
oops, meant very few amenities nearby
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panamajames replied to the thread Travel - Perm.Visa Vs. Tourist ? on the Panama forum on July 30, 2014:
Richardwhiteman initially posted:
I know this topic has somewhat been addressed but this has a twist. If anyone has a present day experience, Thank you. My wife and I will be moving in Dec. and start building our home. My wife will have her Pensionado when we land but I will be just applying. Mine is complicated so no guarantee. The issue is we want to make the plane reservations to arrive Dec. but return for a visit to the states in August just over 6 month's. Will there be any issues since I do not have my Visa yet and the tickets will be for more than 6 month's? And if I do not get the Visa within the 6 month's then can I just cross over to CR to satisfy the 6 month tourist Visa?
panamajames replied on July 30, 2014 with:
It is black and white. When you arrive in Panama, based on your passport date, you have 3 months to stay and drive legally, or 6 months at the most, to stay in Panama without a trip out of the country to reset your visitor VISA. Just go across the border after a few months and that resets your VISA. Don't forget the important part about driving. You can only drive legally in Panama with your US license for 3 months before you have to reset your visitor VISA. If you are applying when you come, you may get a temporary VISA which means you do not have to do a border hop and get stamped out and back in again........
jonoyakker replied on July 30, 2014 with:
It seems to vary as to whether or not the airline busts you for not having a return ticket that is within a 6 mo. window. Do NOT try to make your exit however after the 6 mo. window. As for you final question-yes, but you will need a multi entry visa.
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DeeJayBel replied to the thread Return Ticket Necessary? on the Panama forum on July 30, 2014:
DeeJayBel initially posted:
If you are 100% prepared to get your Pension Visa in Panama (have all the documents needed & a lawyer when you arrive), do you really need a return ticket to the country (Canada) where you came from? Ticket is expensive! If you can show everything, do they smile and say "welcome"?
DeeJayBel replied on July 30, 2014 with:
That is why I asked for a private mail with the name & location of the lawyer. No one will see it but me. DJBel deejaybell@gmail.com
DeeJayBel replied on July 30, 2014 with:
That is why I asked for a private mail with the name & location of the lawyer. No one will see it but me. DJBel deejaybell@gmail.com
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panamajames replied to the thread car rental in Panama on the Panama forum on July 30, 2014:
tanner initially posted:
I understand that it is cheaper to rent a car away from the airport - I posted this a couple of days ago, but it didn't show up. Suggestions?
panamajames replied on July 30, 2014 with:
The difference in cost versus the convenience is not worth the cab rides and time involved. You can find out online, the pricing.........
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panamajames replied to the thread Canadian Flight Problem on SunWing on the Panama forum on July 28, 2014:
4sarge initially posted:
Must have been Angered about his 10K Money Declaration - LOL A Canadian charter plane bound for Panama was escorted by U.S. fighter jets back to Toronto, where a passenger was removed by police after allegedly threatening the safety of the flight, police said on Friday. http:// news.msn.com /world/canadian-plane-escorted-by-us-f-16s-after-passenger-threat Heavily-armed officers boarded the flight after it returned to Toronto at mid-morning, yelling "heads down, hands up!" as they entered the cabin, according to passenger video shown on CTV News. The flight, bound for Panama City from Toronto and operated by Sunwing Airlines, was over West Virginia when it turned around after a passenger made a threat against the plane, said Lilly Fitzpatrick, a spokeswoman for Peel Regional Police, which has jurisdiction over Toronto's main airport. "It caused the pilot enough concern that he turned the plane around," Fitzpatrick said. Ali Shahi, a 25-year-old Canadian, was taken into custody and charged with four counts, including uttering threats and endangering the safety of an aircraft. Two U.S. F-16 fighter jets, which were doing training exercises in the area, shadowed the plane back to Toronto, where police met it on the runway. "We had fighters in the air doing training based out of Toledo, Ohio. So they were asked to shadow the flight as it returned to Toronto," said Jennifer Stadnyk, a spokeswoman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
panamajames replied on July 28, 2014 with:
I am Toronto right now, getting some very interesting stories and good insider information on who this guy is and what he is all about, and what this situation is all about. Spent 6 hours at Pearson International, chatting with pilots and stewardesses........I will have lots of great stuff to discuss
4sarge replied on July 28, 2014 with:
Just another Canadian headed to the 'Gringo Gold Mine' known as Panama. Faux Securities, Stock Swindles or those too Good to be True Land Deals that are making some VERY Rich. .
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