For the residents and visitors of Boquete Panama
First I want to say we all missed you Olga and do indeed appreciate your contributions to this Community Forum that the good people at the JLM Foundation provide. And although there are those who don’t away express their gratuities for your input, believe me when I say WE DO appreciate your services to include the NING Management Team, Thank you !!
Now I have long been an opponent of the border hopping crowds. Yes it cost several thousand dollars to apply to the Immigration Authorities but that is the law and is required if one wishes to live here in Panama. Anyone who feels they have the right to circumvent the system or otherwise manipulating the spirit of the laws are just plain wrong!! I am glad they are finally cracking down on this abusive and unethical practice.
If I were in charge there would be no border hoppers, just legal migration and only for those who meet the requirements and of course have a clean criminal history. Let’s hope it’s not temporary rather more of a permanent enforcement action.
Keep us informed Preciosa Olga
Whether it is your intention or not, is is not true that any time you cross the border your "reset" your visa? I would think that migracio would justd look at the latest entry and figure 90 or 180 days from that.
Some friends just did a border hop at Paso Canoas this past weekend with more than 10 years of border hops and had no problem. Of course no guarantee for anyone else.
There are reports that at Paso Canoas they're retroactively enforcing a two year limit on border hopping preventing people from re-entering Panama.
Here we go again I just tried to get across and was told by officials I would not be able to re enter if I left, I have one previous crossing into costa rica, I was returning to Canada in may and booked my flight accordingly so it leaves me in a spot. I had reservations to do a crossing in jan but cancelled due to length of stay confusion which turned out not to apply I should have just crossed then. I have sent an email to my embassy to find out for sure if it applies to everyone or just certain countries like the previous change. I can work with system either way but they need to decide one way or the other so we know what to do
P.S. I was told they just started this yesterday