The Yahoo groups are starting to gather examples of real people in dire straits because of the changes in the Visa law. Here is one example I just read on one of the groups.
Just a few mins ago I received this e-mail from a friend of mine.
This guy lives in Chiriqui. He WAS NOT allowed back into Panama.
He told me that they looked at his passport at the frontier saw he
already had a few 72 hr stamps and simply told him cannot enter into
Panama. My friend asked the officer what should he do..he received no
answer they just put there hands up in the air. Any idea of what this
guy needs to do to re-enter into Panama. Does he need to go back to
He is in a big mess now..Hell all his stuff is still here in his home
in Chiriqui..he needs help but I have no idea what to tell him!
So it begins..
Any feedback appreciated.
Now if this individual is a US citizen, I think he can return to the US and then return to Panama. If he is here without many items, he will have to decide whether the travel expenses are worth the effort and hassle. If on the other hand he is a property owner and owns a house and the property, his problem is greater.
This is a time not to make assumptions, if you are leaving Panama planing on returning while using a tourist visa. Make sure you understand what you can expect when you return to the border. If you are a property owner who has been living in Panama using the 90-visa, then you had best study your alternatives quickly. I feel that reason will eventually prevail, but as anyone who has lived in a Latin American country knows, time is measured differently.
I made the decision to have a permanent visa before I ever moved to Panama. I still feel that my move was a good move and I have no regrets. If I were considering Panama today, I would still make the move. As my dad used to say, “Nothing is perfect, some things less so than others.”