Currently all EU tourist visas (automatically issued when you enter the country) are valid for 90 days. You can automatically renew your tourist visa by exiting the country and re-entering. There used to be a requirement to be out of the country at least 3 days, but that is no longer the case – even an hour or two suffices for the renewal, though you might have to stand your ground with some officials looking to extort you, particularly at the Nicaraguan border. There are also rumors that you will soon be able to renew your tourist visa at a government office for $150 or so, instead of having to get to a border, but no official word yet.
My family and I are flying into the capital, but are looking for the best ways to get to Boquete
The best way to get to Boquete is to go by way of David, the Chiriqui province’s capital. You can get flights from Panama City (PTY) to David (DAV), or you can rent for the 7-hour drive; but national flights are relatively inexpensive, so you might want to consider flying. Once in David, you can rent a car or take a shuttle, about 45 minutes to boquete. I highly recommend the Boquete Shuttle service, which runs air-conditioned shuttle vans with free cold beer, wine, soda and water. For more information, check out www.boqueteshuttle.com.
If you are flying direct from Orlando to Panama, the flight time is about 3 hours 25 minutes. Airlines that fly direct from Orlando to Panama City include Copa Airlines, which has daily direct flights, and Continental Airlines. On average Copa’s direct flights are usually much cheaper.