The immigration department has agreed with officials in Panamá to set up what is basically a free zone for 100 meters along the border. This provides entry to the Paso Canoas commercial district for citizens of Panamá.
In the case of Sixaola on the southeastern part of the country on the Caribbean, the border zone will be 300 meters parallel to the main street. So residents of both countries can more freely travel in the zones for commercial purposes.
The Direccón General de Migración y Extranjería signed an accord to this effect with officials from Panamå Tuesday.
The agreement creates a visitor’s permit for those living on both sides along the southern border. For those in the Caribbean, anyone living in Puerto Viejo and south can obtain the permit to allow them to move freely on both sides of the border. In the west, permits will be available for residents of Paso Canoas, Ciudad Neilly, Río Claro, Golfito and San Vito, said the agency.
Free travel is restricted to citizens of Panamá and Costa Rica. Expats, even those with residency, probably will not be able to take advantage of this new setup.