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Important information for a trouble-free border crossing between Costa Rica and Panama

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26 September 2017

If you plan to cross the Costa Rica / Panama border any time soon, you should consider the following tips for a trouble-free border crossing.

Costa Rica and Panama both have a few basic requirements at the time of entering each country, be sure to arrive prepared to avoid any trouble entering or exiting either country.

There are three borders listed below, however, our shuttles only go across the Sixaola Border

Paso Canoas: 
Mon-Fri Open 7am to 11pm,  Sat & Sun 7am to 9pm  is located on the Pacific side of the country, you could probably experience the longest wait out of the three due to commercial trucking activity.

Rio Sereno: Open 7am to 11pm. 
 It is located it in the middle of the Pacific & Caribe borders, the Rio Sereno crossing has much less tourist traffic and no cargo crossings. being in the middle makes it convenient to both David and Bocas Del Toro as an alternative to the more crowded borders.Keep in mind, that being remote if you do not come prepared, you will not have easy access to resources.


Sixaola -Guabito: Open 7am to 6pm
 It’s located on the Caribbean side, Most traffic here is from tourists and back-packers heading from Puerto Viejo to Bocas del Toro. In busy high tourist season, it can’t take time to cross the border.

Border crossing Requirements:

 

  1. Passport: Your passport MUST be valid passport for a minimum of 6 months after to entry
  2. Departure Tax: Costa Rica does make you pay to leave the country, ir’s currently only $8 per person if crossing by land
  3. Proof of Exit: A plane or bus ticket out of Panama or Costa Rica. IMPORTANT!! Must have a date of departure within your tourist visa period. Usually, an e-Ticket confirmation from one of our shuttles or plane ticket should do
  4. Proof of Economic Stability: The minimal requirement is $500 cash or a credit card with your name on it for a 3 month stay. I advise bringing a bank statement.  Most times you will not be asked for it, but it’s good to have just in case.
  5. Visa: US , Canadian and European citizens do not need a visa to enter Panama, Just to be sure contact your nearest Panama Embassy in your country or check on their website.
  6. Entry Fee:  A small fee of $1 to $4 depending the border will be charged when entering Panama.

Keep in mind the Sixaola Costa Rica / Panama border crossing closes at 5pm.

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