So - You are Moving to Panama!
A country full of history and adventure. The famous canal, a cosmopolitan capital, beautiful beaches and breathtaking rainforests.
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But before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:
1. Panama is both a popular retirement destination and a central hub for military personnel and ship workers with roughly 25,000 Americans living there.
2. The climate in Panama City and Colón is tropical and humid. The rainy season lasts from May through early December, with the heaviest rains beginning in September. The Atlantic or Caribbean side has much higher precipitation than the Pacific side
3. Citizens of certain countries - including the U.S., Canada and the U.K. - do not need tourist visas as long as they have tourist cards and onward or return airline tickets. Many executives enter Panama as tourists or obtain a visa, before applying for one of the more permanent visas.
4. Panamanians do not usually mix with American military stationed there, but are generally very hospitable to foreign business associates. There is also a strong expatriate community in Panama, making it easy to meet people when you arrive.
5. The language of business and everyday life is Spanish. English is the prevalent second language, and many Panamanians are bilingual, with approximately 14% of Panamanians speaking English as a native language. English is used in international business.
6. Property prices in Panama are being boosted by the continuing economic recovery in the global economy and by a number of infrastructure upgrades taking place around Panama, most notably the widening of the Panama Canal.
7. The population of Panama sits just under 4 million.
8. The Panamanian currency is the balboa (B/.). It is kept at par with the U.S. dollar. U.S. banknotes circulate and are called balboas since there are no Panamanian banknote.
9. The Panamanian economy is centred on the Panama Canal that connects the Atlantic Ocean (to the Pacific Ocean. The current locks which are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. But a third, wider lane of locks is currently under construction and is due to open in 2016.
10. There is a continued threat of terrorism, particularly around the Panama Canal. However security is considered robust and an attack is seen as unlikely.