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One of the many joys of moving to Panama are finally having the time to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them. People who move to Panama bring with them years of experience in business, teaching, photography, and other endeavors. They love giving back to the community by sharing their experiences.
Teri Novak is the perfect example. She comes from a background as a business owner which requires organizational skills. She puts her knowledge to work by volunteering with the Boquete ROTARY. In the video Teri mentioned that Adriel was able to overcome his fear of math by studying math at the Khan Academy. Teri meant to say that Adriel spent 700 minutes, not 700 hours of study.
The Rotary has many different programs to help Panamanians including helping children learn, build houses, provide food for the needy and more. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
ROTARY CLUB OF BOQUETE MISSION
Boquete Rotarians are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good to promote peace, support education and improve health.
Watch this video to learn why Teri and her husband moved to Panama, what she thinks about living in Boquete and how they are giving back to the community by volunteering at the Boquete Rotary.
Learn more about the amazing things the Rotary is doing in Panama, subscribe here https://rotariodeboquete.org
The Rotary is always looking for new volunteers who can share their skills and make life better for all Panamanians. Contact the Rotary at https://rotariodeboquete.org/
Single women, and single men, move to Panama too! There are singles on every Panama Relocation Tour!
Listen to the replay of the conference call from September 19th when Laura talks about what it’s like to be single in Panama. She’ll discuss:
♦ Is it safe
♦ housing options (RENT first!)
♦ how to meet others
♦ things to do
♦ dating scene
♦ what to bring to Panama
♦ and more
If you are a single man or a couple you will certainly enjoy the information in this conference call too!!
On every Panama Relocation Tour about half our guests are singles. Singles especially are realizing that it will be very difficult to retire on one Social Security check or pension if they stay in North America or Europe.
However, singles are discovering that they can live better for less in Panama and even have money left over at the end of the month. This really takes the stress away.
For singles, it is a little scary to come to check out Panama all by yourself. On your own, it would be very difficult to learn all the things you need to know to relocate to Panama with no complications. That’s where Panama Relocation Tours comes in!
When singles come on a Panama Relocation Tour they are with a group of like-minded people (including other singles), have someone else doing all the planning and driving, and are able to learn all the things they need to know in a relaxing environment.
Panama Relocation Tours even has a bi-lingual driver waiting for you when you arrive at the airport and we make all the arrangements for a 7-night 6-day all-inclusive tour of the most popular places to live in Panama. During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other singles who live in each area we visit. You can just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery in Panama while you are learning about finding a rental, getting affordable health insurance, residency Visa options, buying a car, bring pets in to Panama and much much more. Your Panama Relocation Tour guide is also a single woman.
Our new Online Panama Relocation Guide has the same information that you’d get on a Panama Relocation Tour including a list of reliable immigration lawyers and honest real estate agents. Plus it includes information about how you can do a self-guided tour, popular expats hang-outs, where to stay, where to go shopping and more. We also offer Private Tours if you’d rather not explore Panama on your own.
Throughout Panama there are other single expats, plenty of social activities and volunteer opportunities too. Volunteering is a great way to meet other singles too!
Watch these videos of some of the single women who have come on a Panama Relocation Tour then relocated to Panama. If they can do it, you can too! Join us for a Panama Relocation tour to discover a more affordable lifestyle in Panama.
Chris moved to Panama several years ago. Watch this video to learn how Panama Relocation Tours helped her have a smooth and easy transition to relocating to Panama.
Krstl moved to Boquete a year ago and has a good network of friends, plenty of social activities and a much more affordable lifestyle. She even started a business selling high quality organic essential oils and blends. Watch this video to discover what she thinks about her new life in Panama and see the 3 bedroom 2 bath house she is renting for $775 a month. (Note: Krstl mentioned that she could not get insurance because she is over 70. She cannot get international health insurance but she CAN get Panama health insurance for about $120 a month) [Read more…]
On October 12th, Panama will allow anyone to come in to Panama who presents a negative Covid test that is not more than 96 hours old. But which Covid test should you get so it will be acceptable? Marne Coggan wrote a great article about his experience with getting a Covid test, the right test, to be allowed to come in to Panama last week.
After October 12, no quarantine is required when you come in to Panama. You will only need to present the negative Covid test.
Our Experience: COVID Testing for Travel to Panama
by Marne Coggan
I’m writing this from the kitchen of our home in Volcancito, a Boquete neighborhood about 1,000’ feet above town center. My wife Debbie and I just flew in from California, which means we’ve traveled into Panama with negative COVID-19 tests. I want to share what we’ve learned so you can too.
In April 2019, my wife and I took a Panama Relocation Tour with Jackie Lange. On that same trip, we worked with a Panamanian attorney recommended by Jackie to obtain our temporary residency visas and get multi-entry stamps on our passports. Our Permanent Visas were ready in June, and in August we returned to Panama to get our Cedulas. We eventually found a house we liked in Volcancito, very close to Jackie’s wonderful home. We plan to move there permanently in early 2021.
We had left our Volcancito home on March 9, 2020 for what was planned to be four weeks in our soon-to-be-ex-home in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. We had booked an April return flight to Panama. But March 9 was just a few days before Panama announced a COVID-19 lockdown with a 30-day suspension of travel into or out of the country. Each following month, April through August, that 30-day suspension was continually renewed. So each month, April through August, we’d have to cancel our flights at the last minute, then re-book for the following month.
Finally, in late August, the rules changed. On August 13th, the Panamanian Health Ministry (MINSA) issued Resolution #766, allowing travel into Panama. But there were three key restrictions on this travel. First, this travel was allowed only for returning Panamanian citizens and legal residents, meaning holders of permanent visas. (That was us!) Second, returnees were required to quarantine for 14 days in their homes. (We were fine with this — we were going to stay in our Volcancito home anyway.).
And third, on arrival in Panama, returnees were required to present documentation of a negative test for the COVID-19 virus taken within 48 hours of travel. 48 hours? YIKES! (Later, MINSA Resolution #853 from September 3 extended that time limit to 96 hours. But our essential problem remained.)
We knew that testing for the SARS-COV-2 virus was widely available in the Bay Area. While once it was offered only to first responders, medical personnel and people showing symptoms of COVID-19, now anyone could get tested. Mostly, the tests involved sample collection with nasal swabs and lab amplification with PCR. The tests looked for the presence of virus particles in the body, indicating a current infection, whether symptomatic or not. Most of this PCR testing required an appointment, but some tests were offered to walk-ins.
The problem was that the results for these PCR tests weren’t available for some time, usually 5-7 days, and often longer. We did hear of a few tests with results advertised as optimally available in 1-2 days. But there were no guarantees, and the actual results times usually were longer.
We needed to have test results in our hands, in Panama, in 48 hours. It seemed like it couldn’t be done in our area. It was a deal breaker.
Now, we knew that rapid-result COVID tests were available. But these were antiBODY tests, blood tests that looked for the presence of antiBODIES to the virus, indicating a past infection. And antiBODY blood tests were not accepted by MINSA for return travel to Panama. We’ve heard of folks showing up at the airport with a negative antiBODY test being denied boarding by Copa personnel. (As they should.)
So why am I annoyingly capitalizing BODY in antiBODY? Because it helps to differentiate it from antiGEN tests. As a college Anatomy instructor, my immunology lesson included a serious portion of class time devoted to explaining the differences between closely named antiBODIES and antiGENS. Briefly, antBODIES are molecules produced by the body’s immune system in response to a pathogen (a bacteria or virus). But antiGENS are parts of the pathogens themselves. If you find an antiGEN in a test, you’ve found an actual, present virus or bacteria.