Asset Declarations When Leaving Panama

Travellers leaving the country must declare if they have money or securities worth more than $10 thousand, a measure that until now has only been required when entering the country.

Friday, August 12, 2016

From a statement issued by the National Customs Authority:

At a press conference held at the headquarters of the National Customs Authority, the Director General Jose Gomez Nunez, unveiled to the media and the country in general, the adoption of Resolution No.297 of July 8, 2016, by which a new design and new content is given to the declaration form known as 'Declaración Jurada del Viajero' which must be completed by all passengers entering or leaving the country.
The new feature of this resolution, is that previously this form only had to be filled out by people entering the country, but from now on it must also be filled out by travelers leaving "through points enabled for foreign trade in the customs territory, declaring under oath information relating to money, securities or documents or other valuables being carried with them or in their luggage which together exceed the value of ten thousand balboas and 0 cents. (B / 10,000.00) as well as goods," according to  the wording of the new legal provision adopted by the National Customs Authority.

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