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Do we need special papers to cross the border to Panama?

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Do we need special papers to cross the border to Panama?

We are planning on taking a tica bus from San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama. Nobody seems to know what we need to have or do when we cross the border, could you please let us know, if we need other papers besides our Visa to leave and return the country, and if so where do we obtain the papers? Thank you, Shelly sbrooksw@hotmail.com

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1. Re: Do we need special papers to cross the border to Panama?

You will need your passport, $500 in cash or a bank statement showing $500 of available credit on a card. You will need either a ticket out of Panama to your home country, or a ticket out of Panama to another country where you have already booked a ticket home from. Ie I already have a ticket from Costa Rica to Bermuda, so all I need to enter Panama is a ticket from Panama back to cr.

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2. Re: Do we need special papers to cross the border to Panama?

Clear advice from Sonny. There was an attempt to introduce an exit tax but that has been abandoned for now. If you are taking the bus, then you should get herded through the steps with the other passengers: make sure you get your exit stamp from Costa Rica and your entry stamp into Panama.

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3. Re: Do we need special papers to cross the border to Panama?

Good advice by sonny..and remember you can get in big trouble if you do not have all the papers ...

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4. Re: Do we need special papers to cross the border to Panama?

I don't think you "get into trouble" really, you just get refused entry. Of course....... that's a lot of trouble!

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5. Re: Do we need special papers to cross the border to Panama?

Thank you Sonny & everyone else for your advice, we will be leaving on the bus Tuesday night. Wish us luck lol

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