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Since March, when Panama closed their borders because of the pandemic, Panama Relocation Tours has been hosting weekly conference calls. Sometimes the calls are an interview with someone who lives in Panama and sometimes we do a Q & A conference call. Both calls give you a glimpse of what life is like living in Panama.
The July 2020 Q & A conference call lasted an hour and a half so everyone had a chance to ask their question. We covered many difference topics during the call so you’re sure to learn a lot. Listen to the replay below.
The next conference call is Saturday, August 1st at 5pm Central. I will interview a single lady who moved to Panama. She started a business in Panama too!
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UPDATE On PANDEMIC IN PANAMA
Panama’s borders are still closed. Only humanitarian flights arranged by an Embassy can leave Panama or come in to Panama.
Most of Panama is only under a curfew from 7pm to 5am. We are free to go anywhere in our province between 5am to 7pm. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores are open. Restaurants are open for pick up or home delivery only (see Block 1 &2 below). Travel between provinces is not allowed.
However, Panama City and Panama Oeste (the province just west of Panama City) are still under a strict quarantine because of the high number of new Covid cases in those areas. These are both very high density areas.
Some areas in Panama, like the Azuero Peninsula, have had very few Covid cases so they have been permitted to open up Block 3 & 4 of their economy. These are low density areas.
As you can see from the chart below, air transportation cannot start until all of Panama is in Block 4 at least.
James and Barbara Bradley moved from Canada to Panama with their young children. They saw the need for custom cabinets and countertops so started a business to deliver quality products. In the video, they talk about the challenges and triumphs of starting a business in Panama. A few years ago, they took on partners Bryon and Claire Whitson from South Africa who have helped grow the business. Both couples share information about moving to Panama with children, international schools, cost of living and more.
Since 2010, Panama Relocation Tours has been offering monthly 6-day 7-night all-inclusive relocation tours of Panama. We’ve completed over 120 tours! During a tour you’ll see a variety of different areas, meet expats and learn all the things you need to know to make a super easy transition to living in Panama.
We now offer the ONLINE Panama Relocation Guide to help you learn all the things you need to know to have a smooth and easy transition when relocating to Panama. You’ll be able to avoid costly mistakes when you get access to our reliable immigration lawyers, honest real estate agents/property managers, where to buy heath insurance, how to get your pets in to Panama, and
much more. Click on the link below to learn more!
The pandemic has caused millions of people to lose their jobs or businesses. It’s also given people time to do some soul searching to decide what they want their life to be like when things get back to a new normal. Some have decided they don’t want to go back to working 60-80 hours a week but unfortunately that’s what it takes to survive in some areas.
What if there was a way out?
Listen to the replay of this conference call with Billy and Akaisha Kaderli of Retire Early Lifestyle. They retired in 1991 when they were 38 years old. They discovered that their job, home and cars were costing them a fortune. The solution… move abroad! By relocating abroad they could live a better lifestyle and significantly reduce their cost of living. You can too!
7 Reasons to Move to Latin America
While moving overseas isn’t the answer to fulfilling everyone’s retirement dream, more and more people are leaving their home countries to live elsewhere and for very good reasons. Below we have listed seven of these reasons.
Take a look. Perhaps a couple of them could solve a problem you are facing in molding your future retirement.
Affordable Cost of Living
Compared to the United States and Canada, many of these Latin American countries offer a considerable drop in the Cost of Living. Daily life in countries such as Mexico, Panama, Guatemala and Belize will offer you big savings.
Overall, rent is within reach, cost of food – either fresh at the markets or even in dining establishments – are based on what locals can pay, and chances are, you are better off financially than most locals. Public transportation options are varied and much cheaper than what you would encounter up North of the Border. Utilities are less and pricing for domestic help like gardeners and maids is economical. Access to quality medical care, a large sector of retirement spending for some, is also cost effective.
All of these savings point to a better quality of life for less spending.
Large Expat communities already in place
In locations such as Chapala, (Mexico), Boquete, (Panama), or Antigua, (Guatemala), large Expat communities are thriving. If you are looking for people who speak English, various associations for volunteer opportunities, clubs for activities like bridge, gardening, hiking, tennis, golf, or even Zumba classes, you will find them.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, and there are many places to contribute, thereby utilizing your talents. It’s a great way to make new friends.
Access to Quality Medical care and Assisted Living options
Cost of medical care is a concern for many retirees. Even though American Medicare is not available to use outside the U.S., there are other options.
Mexico, for instance, offers their residents access to IMSS, which is their government health insurance program. There are also international insurance plans available from companies like Bupa, Globality Health and IHI. And the pricing for medical services outside the States is so affordable that it is completely reasonable to think one can pay out of pocket.
Even assisted living and long term care options are feasible.
Easy access to the States and Canada to visit family
Some retirees are concerned that they will lose touch with family and friends if they move overseas. But more and more flights are originating both in Central America and the US making travel between these countries a breeze. The location of Latin America allows for same day arrivals both coming and going and isn’t really a hardship to manage.
In between times, of course, there are VOIP services like Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, and Magic Jack, not to mention the ease of email and Facebook.
There are a variety of climates, sizes of towns and cities to suit your preferences, and beaches and mountains from which to choose.
Latin America’s geography provides amazing variety. No matter if you are a beach person, prefer mountain scenery, or enjoy a large metropolitan city with museums, theater, and high end dining establishments, there is something for everyone in Latin America.
Oaxaca, Merida, Mexico City, all located in Mexico, and Antigua, Guatemala all offer city charm and amazing architecture.
The beach towns of Zihuatanejo, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta all located in Mexico, or Bocas de Toro, San Blas in Panama, or Ambergris Caye or Placencia in Belize allow for you to enjoy putting your toes in the sand, swimming, diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing in the sea and sunsets over the ocean.
Most of Guatemala, and much of both Panama and Mexico offer vast vistas from mountain tops and a cooler climate.
Even if you choose one environment, domestic and private flights can take you to another one in a matter of hours for a get away.
Friendly people and culture
Latins are known for their easy ways, their manana attitude, and their love of family and friends. Seems there is always an occasion to celebrate and – at least in our experience – they don’t hesitate to invite you in. Fiestas, native rituals, and national holidays are colorful and many times LOUD. Just relax and enjoy it. And even if you only speak a bit of Spanish, that’s enough to open the doors to new and memorable experiences.
The Mayans are some of the most authentic humans we have ever encountered on this earth. They are ready with a smile, and willing to engage in jokes, conversation or to render help. Living with the Maya it’s easy to forget that there are crowded cities and other locations where people don’t look you in they eye and say hello to you on the street as a daily occurrence.
They have spoiled us.
International airports are dotted all over Latin America. If you want to take a trip to Europe, Asia or South America for instance, it’s easy to find a hub that will connect you to an international destination. If you choose to move to this area, you are not necessarily stranded far from society or world travel. You can still take that trip of a lifetime to a distant locale.
So as you can see, Latin America offers quite an attractive package to spice up your life. Many retirement bases are covered such as social activities, access to quality health care, cost of living savings, and quick and reasonable choices to visit family or take a trip somewhere if you are feeling stale.
Why not open yourself up to the many opportunities available, and test drive Latin America?
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