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I am a U.S. passport holder and will arrive in Panama on August 19th 2019 and would like to stay until May 18, 2020 (9 months).

Do I need a visa? How long can I legally stay?

If I do, where can I find reliable information for the visa application?

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    What is the purpose of your visit? This sounds like such a long stay that it might be better handled at Expatriates. – Henning Makholm Jun 4 at 15:29
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As you will stay more then 180 days, does not matter what is the reason, you will need a Visa.

180 Day Stay-Tourists can only remain in Panama for 180 days. This rule is strictly enforced by Panamanian immigration. Travelers must ensure that immigration officials place an entry stamp in their passport. For further information contact the Government of Panama Migration Service.

Also, in this link, you could find more info about how you get a Visa.

It is important to highlight that Yellow fever vacination is mandatory in Panama

Travel.State.Gov

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