Just posted in the Daily Beast: John Feeley, the US Ambassador to Panama has resigned “on principle,” noting that he cannot serve under the current administration any longer. Feeley’s resignation came before Trump referred to several poor countries as “shitholes,”  That probably sealed the deal though.

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And was he successful? I understand that the same restrictions are still in place.l\

Amanda i can only speak for myself but the last 2 times i left the country i received 180 day visas at Tocuman. I know that most foreigners get 90 days, (or less for Colombians and Venezuelans) so i can surmise he was successful.

Note that the following Embassy notice of 180-day stays for U.S. (and UK, and Canadian, and Australian) citizens is dated January 17, 2107. Ambassador Feeley's visit to Boquete was on March 14, 2107. That's not to say that he had nothing to do with it, but it clearly wasn't the result of talking to anyone here in March.

Based on multiple inquiries from U.S. citizens in Panama regarding Decree No.590 dated December 28, 2016, the Consular Section contacted the Panamanian Servicio Nacional de Migracion (SNM or Panamanian Immigration Office) for further clarification on the length of time U.S. Citizens are able to stay in Panama as tourists.  The SNM confirmed that U.S. citizens (as well as citizens of the UK, Canada, and Australia) are still allowed to enter Panama without a Panamanian visa and they can stay for up to 180 days as tourists. 

For more information regarding this matter, please visit the SNM’s Twitter account, which is available at the following link:  https://twitter.com/migracionpanama?lang=en

 

Stephanie Espinal

Unit Chief/Jefe de Unidad

American Citizens Services/Federal Benefits

Unidad de Asistencia a Ciudadanos Estadounidenses/Beneficios Federales

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