This post was published before major changes were made to the Friendly Nations Visa (FNV) program. Find out if you are eligible to move to Panama.
When you first move to Panama, it will take awhile to learn where to go shopping for the things you really want or need. Sometimes people get frustrated because they can’t find a certain item to make their favorite recipe or the perfect accent piece for their new condo on the beach. I remember one time I wanted to make vegetarian enchiladas but I could not find chili powder anywhere in Boquete. I was not willing to drive 30 minutes to go to David. Luckily, I did find a McCormick Enchilada sauce mix, the main ingredient was chili powder, so I used that as a substitute. You WILL learn to substitute things in Panama! Now, when I find chili powder, or other things that I know are harder to find, I’ll buy 6 bottles so I know I always have some available.
Even if the item you are looking for is not available in the town where you live, it’s probably available in Panama City. But most people don’t want to fly to Panama City to go shopping. I HATE shopping anywhere!
THE SOLUTION: Luckily there is a great service in Panama City called SimplifyPanama.com! They will go shopping for you to find exactly what you need then they send it to you using a next day courier service.
Listen to the replay of the conference call when Julie, the owner of SimplifyPanama.com, talks about her shopping and concierge service.
Lesa Warden says
Hello again, I love listening to your details on Panama and Boquete, thats where my husband, our son and I want to live. I have a question, we live in Ontario and I was wondering, what paper work do we need to apply for the visas? The reason I am asking is our plan is to be out there no later then April to start the process of everything , also our son is 15 so what kind of visa do we have to get him? We are so excited to hopefully be able to be there for April. Also what banks are good out there cause we have a fair amount to be put into a bank and we also needed to know how to transfer the money from Ontario to there . Have a great evening ttys.
Lesa Warden Reesor
Jackie Lange says
Our Online Panama Relocation Guide has recommendations for reliable immigration lawyers, a list of documents needed, how to sire money to Panama and much much much more. See details at https://panamarelocationtours.com/guide