Our 6-day, 7-night ALL-INCLUSIVE Panama Relocation Tour ™
will introduce you to the inexpensive and wonderful lifestyle available when you retire in Panama.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a Visa to visit Panama?
If you are traveling from the United States or Canada, you do not need a visa. You can get into the country with your passport and stay for up to 6 months. If you’re traveling from other countries you probably do not need a visa. Send an email to info@PanamaRelocationTours.com with the country passport was issued from. We will contact our attorney in Panama to verify if you need a visa or not.
Are there any special passport requirements?
Your passport must have at least 6 months until it expires. You will not be allowed to fly to Panama if your passport does not have at least 6 months before it expires. Check your passport now and start the process to get it renewed if necessary.
Can you help us with pre-tour and post-tour vacation planning / travel arrangements?
Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to assist you with making pre or post tour plans or extended vacation plans. For general recommendations about where to stay and what to do, we recommend going to TripAdvisor.com
What airport do I fly in to in Panama?
You will need to arrive at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. The airport code is PTY. If you are arriving on the check-in day for your tour, we offer airport shuttle service to our group hotel in Panama City. If you are arriving in Panama before your tour check-in day you will need to make your own transportation arrangements from the airport. There are taxis available and it usually costs $35 to get from the airport to central Panama City.
When should I book my international airfare?
According to a study by CheapAir.com you can get the best price on airfare to Central America by booking approximately 2-3 months before your travel date. You should book your airfare no later than 30 days before your tour check-in day.
Your flight into Panama must arrive before 11pm on your tour check-in day and your flight out of Panama should depart after 2PM on your tour check-out day.
Do I need to make any hotel reservations?
For tours in July 2019 and beyond:
No, you do not need to make any hotel reservations. All hotels from your tour check-in day to your tour check-out day are included in the cost of the 6-day, 7-night tour. If you plan to arrive in Panama before the tour check-in day or stay in Panama after the tour check-out day, you will need to make your own hotel arrangements for the extra nights.
For tours before July 2019:
You will need to make a hotel reservation if you plan to join us for the optional 7th night of the tour. Please contact us for details.
What’s included in the tour?
(1) On your tour check-in day we provide airport shuttle service from Tocumen International Airport to our group hotel in Panama City.
(2) Your hotel room on check-in day at our preferred hotel in Panama City.
(3) All transportation, lodging & meals during the official Tour. Tour as outlined on the itinerary, 3 meals a day (1 entree per meal), local driver fluent in English and Spanish plus your Expat Tour Guide with the information you need to relocate to Panama Plus meeting expats throughout the country.
What’s NOT included in the tour?
(1)International airfare, airfare change / cancellation fees, airline excess baggage charges, alcoholic beverages, hotel room upgrades, extras in hotels (laundry, telephone calls, room service).
(2) Pre or Post tour / vacation planning services, hotel reservations, car rentals, house rentals, and transportation.
(3) In-country flights are not included from January 2019-April 2019 tour dates. Starting in May 2019, we include the cost of the in-country flight from David back to Tocumen International Airport on your tour check-out day.
(4) For tours before July 2019, the optional 6th-night hotel room is not included.
What happens if I arrive in Panama before my tour check-in day?
Our airport shuttle service is only available on your tour check-in day. If you are arriving in Panama before that day you will need to make your own hotel and travel arrangements. Once you’re final payment has been made, we will provide our Panama City driver’s email and phone number so you can arrange transportation with him. Or, a taxi from Tocumen International Airport to central Panama City is approximately $35. If you arrive in Panama early, on your tour check-in day, you will need to take a taxi or Uber to our group hotel in Panama City where your hotel room is included in the Tour. Details about this hotel will be provided after you reserve a tour.
What happens if I want to stay in Panama after the check-out date?
If you want to stay in Panama after the tour check-out date, you will need to contact our travel agent to change your in-country flight to the date you want to leave Panama. You’ll also need to make your own hotel reservations for the extra days and arrange for transportation to the airport. If you are leaving from Boquete, once your final payment is made, we will give you some reliable drivers contact information for transportation to the airport.
Do I need to bring an electrical converter?
Panama uses the same electrical outlets and the US and Canada, 110 volts. If you are coming from Europe you may need a converter.
Do the hotels have hair dryers?
All hotels where we stay during the tour have a hair dryer in the room.
What will the weather be like?
Near the coast, it will be in the high 80’s, low 90’s. In the mountain areas, it will be in the ’70s
From April through mid-December, it is the rainy season. But it does not rain every day or all the time. There are usually clear skies in the morning and then about 3 or 4 it will cloud up and rain for an hour or two. You’ll need to bring an umbrella and a light rain jacket.
In January and February, it is the main part of the dry season. There will be less rain and it will be windy.
Can I use my cell phone?
Yes, you can use your cell phone but, you need to sign up for International Calling and International Data Roaming plan. A better option is to use WhatsApp to stay in contact with friends and family back home. You can also use Whatsapp to make calls in Panama. WhatsApp is free to download and free to use.
Do I need vaccines / shots?
If you plan to visit the Darien Jungle area I do recommend that you get the shots which are recommended on the CDC.gov website. We will not be going anywhere near the Darien Jungle during the tour.
Can I use my Credit or Debit Cards in Panama?
Most hotels and some restaurants take Mastercard or Visa. Panama is a cash-based society and many places only accept cash. Of course, all your expenses are covered during the tour so you will not need cash during the tour. But we do recommend bring about $500 cash to use before or after the tour. ATM machines are readily available at banks so you can get additional cash if necessary.
Why do you require everyone to sign a non-compete agreement?
We have worked very hard to build this business, establish contacts and relationships which we share exclusively with our tour guests. We provide the highest quality tour with the most information. We will not allow someone to come on the tour who is planning to start a competing business or write a book about relocating to Panama. And the few times it has happened, we are very aggressive in stopping them. During the tour, each tour guests with be provided with trade secrets, customers and other confidential data and good will. Each tour guest must agree to retain said information as confidential and not to use said information on his or her own behalf or disclose same to any third party.
Have more questions?
Send an email to info@PanamaRelocationTours.com
or call 972-496-4500