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    Jaime Costa
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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  1. What is interesting is one of the people in the article experienced a home invasion where they were smacked in the head with a hammer! I got this info first hand from said person. It was over 6 years ago and not robbery related. Maybe they can be more forthcoming and provide the details. My conversation with this person was in person and over several minutes.
  2. It is up to the homeowner to "harden" their security, which is problematic as others have pointed out. The "checkpoint" at the Caldera cutoff would have had no effect on Richard's or Marion's home invasion, nor the 3 burglaries in my block of 10 houses in Boquete. Better to have those police resources in/near Boquete, where the police response is dismal, than miles away at the Caldera cutoff.
  3. I hope the authorities rethink their position. There are well over 100,000 Panamanians that are in the US with more liberal stay times. If the US decides to reciprocate like Brasil on visa issues, it will not bode well for them. Also the most populous countries in the western hemisphere don't require attorneys for residency, and they issue 6 mo tourist visas. I see a lot of tunnel vision here. Furthermore I commonly see glib comments about deportation of non compliers. Panama simply doesn't have the budget for it. I also hope someone in the Panama government sees this post, but doubt they will be able to shake the attorneys loose from their self serving positions regarding their role in this process,
  4. Excellent article. You may get the necessary 40 credits other ways. Several countries have totalization agreements with the US (Canada for example). Many developed countries in Europe and elsewhere have reciprocity agreements with US Social Security. You can google this. You don't have to be a US citizen to earn or draw SS, but there are certain requirements. PS: the Supreme Court ruled SS a tax, so congress can change it at any time. Also to open an online SS account you must provide a US address.
  5. If I am correct the slope you have planned is 4.7 degrees. The water will run off, but it won't flush any leaves. I have a 10 degree slope on my back roof, and what accumulates grows stuff, and I have to remove it. My front roof is 20 degrees and doesn't have this problem. Hope this helps. Your plastic cover is going to sag somewhat, so even more slope is needed.
  6. Bonnie, here is what is reported on "ning": Just two months ago mt wife, ****, was returning to Panama' from Atlanta and encountered a problem. They would not honor her cedula. They even claimed that the "expedido" date indicated that it had expired. In fact that is the date it was issued. They ignored the "indefinidamente" which indicates indefinite expiration. She even showed her Panama' drivers license but that did nothing. As a result Delta airlines made her buy a Panama' to Atlanta return ticket. Of course, she made sure it was refundable, but we were out about $1,500 for two months plus a service fee. My comment: I would assume she had her passport to board in Atlanta. The UK lady I know personally, and will add more info when see her in Boquete.
  7. Two stories this time. UK citizen tried to re-enter at Paso Canoas, after doing a border hop to make her foreign drivers license good again. Agent noticed 90 day intervals on her passport stamps, and stated "I know what you are up to, and you can't come in"! Second reported on "ning". US citizen with both the pensionado and Panama driver license shown after entering at Tocumen (PTY) was required to buy a return ticket to US to enter, even after protesting, at some expense to her. Both within the last few days to weeks. So just another heads up, expect the unexpected.
  8. There is no standard time period that I know of. US, Canada, and Mexico give 180 days. In Mexico I got residency in less than 3 weeks, no attorney, police or health check. NB: many people quote the time periods incorrectly. It is 90 and 180 days, not 3 and 6 months, And yes it matters!
  9. I am not sure migracion practices "legality" as demonstrated in the Law Keith posted! I will state again, who benefits from the 3 day stay out? I smell a rat.
  10. Roger, thanks for your informed response. Last year, I stumbled across a Wikileaks document talking about "irregularities" in Chiriqui province by governmental authorities. The situation at the border may be related to that. Quien sabe! I don't want to speculate on that. I do know from past experience that the policy has been different at different crossings. Again I just want to make a heads up on Chiriqui policy change only to those that are unaware. I don't want to discuss the merits or lack thereof.
  11. Roger, I fear for the travel industry. The law Keith provided is not being followed, and he said it is how they are applied that varies. Migracion will not let you book a return ticket to your residence country, and the 3 day stay over as far as I can tell is only to reset the $2000 duty exemption on re-entry, nothing to do with the person transiting. This is not an issue for me, but my observation is that many countries let you do an immediate turnaround and for tourist who want to visit several countries with Panama on their itinerararies are going to have a problem. Researching ones trip to Panama is dicey as the policy (not the law) changes without warning. I have friends here in the travel business and they are getting complaints. I am curious as why the change, and how does Panama benefit? For sure Costa Rica is getting the tourist spending for the 3 days the tourist have to be out of Panama.
  12. Keith, Thanks for providing the law expanding the definition Article 43.7 clearly states 'return passage to country of origin or residence'. This person had Mexican residence, and a ticket to Mexico was not acceptable, contrary to the law you cited. This is not about me. I applied for pensionado status in 2005. This is a heads up about how things work here. Brundegabe pointed out the same. It comes with the terratory. It is in my opinion not good for the tourist industry, but that is another thread, Again, for me just advising people that may be affected by this. I have a few friends that I will advise, as it will affect them.
  13. The point I am making is Panama is not following their own laws. They are not "playing by the rules" My second point is a "pay it forward thing" as a heads up to be prepared for the changes if it affects you. It has nothing to do about getting residency. The people it affects are those who are passing through, and the tourist businesses that cater to them, among others. Some years back, Migracion dropped the stay to 30 days without warning (twice), causing major cancellations of trip packages at the time. The then Minister of Tourism, Ruben Blades was not happy. I may add, my post was an advisory to others that your travel plans will be impacted by unpublished rules and adjust accordingly. Not complicated really.
  14. Bonnie, I in no way expect foreign embassies to get involved with this. My main reason for posting is to give a heads up for border hoppers and onward travellers that they can't go by what Panamanian law says, and what the new changes are nothing more. I don't desire to get into a dialog on what people "should do". It is too much a case by case, and individual decision.