Originally Posted by MarkJ
You would only do that if leaving Panama illegally.
IMH experience there may be a mitigating circumnstance.
He could be thinking leaving ilegally because he or his fellow cruisers has seen corrupt Panamanian officials in La Playita and other places who charge whatever they feel like (I am talking about three figures), put the money
in their pockets and decline to give a receipt or stamp passports.
The cases I came across sugget that most likely victims are Americans who are well dressed and own nice boats. Aussies seem to get away with it!
I have seen the corruption (not the illegal departure) first hand earlier this month.
By the way, we have been told that, unlike in some French Caribbean
islands, the authorities in the Marquesas require you to show a zarpe from your previous port.