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Fly in/Bus onward

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Fly in/Bus onward

Hello, can anyone help with regard to Panama's entry requirement for a "return or onward ticket": my husband and I wish to fly to Panama City, then travel onward by bus to Costa Rica. We have called both Tica and Expresso bus companies, trying to buy a bus ticket ahead of time, they only sell bus tickets in person at their ticket windows. Is this type of travel plan simply impossible given Panamá's entry requirements?

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1. Re: Fly in/Bus onward

I dont think you will have a problem with immigration in Panama, the problem will be with the US airline, it is not a consistent enforcement but many wont let you board unless you can show a return or outward bound ticket.

Look into buying a fully refundable return ticket then cancel it once you arrive in Panama.

In all my trips to Panama i was never asked to show a return ticket, but have on occasion needed to to the airline in the States

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2. Re: Fly in/Bus onward

If all else fails you only need to buy a $14 bus ticket at immigration... That satisfies them. However, when we came here no one checked about our exit and we just got the entry stamp at immigration. We have since been to Costa Rica and back to Panama City with similarly no real problem

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