Panama Country Guide

Everything you need to know about moving to Panama

Panama Overview

Panama is renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes, cost-effective living, and alluring tax benefits—creating an idyllic haven not only for American and Canadian expats. Leveraging its historical connections with the U.S., Panama offers a lifestyle that combines the best of both worlds. Over 25,000 Americans and an increasing number of Canadian expats have chosen to make Panama their home, highlighting the escalating appeal of this Central American gem. 

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StartAbroad's High-level Relocation Checklist

At StartAbroad, we provide our clients detailed, tailored checklists that cover every aspect of their move. By clicking the link below, you can download a high-level relocation checklist that covers the basics of your move abroad. While it is not exhaustive, this checklist is designed to help you get started with planning your move to Panama.

Major advantages of Panama

Best place in the world to retire (International Living, 2022)

34% lower cost of living than U.S. (Numbeo)

5 years to achieve to citizenship

Multiple visa options, covering different needs and price points

One of the top healthcare systems in Latin America

On EST, and only a 2.5 hour flight to Miami

Strong tax incentives for US expats, particularly retirees

English widely spoken

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Frequently asked questions

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Yes. Clients realize savings when they book two or more services via our bundled approach. While we do have standard bundles — including our Concierge Relocation Support and Digital Nomad Bundle — which meet many of our clients’ needs, if those bundles do not cover the type of support you are looking for, we will work with you to create a bundle of support services tailored specifically to you. 

Yes. We offer free 15-minute consultation calls. If you would like to spend more time on a call with an international relocation specialist, we offer coaching calls for 30 or 60 minutes.

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