Permit Changes as of March, 2013
By Mary J. Robertson
Cruising permit regulations
have changed. Please read the article New Panama Cruising Rules.
Cruising Permits are sold for the year and can be renewed indefinitely for pleasure
Tourist visas are issued for up to six months for cruisers arriving by boat. Tourist visas
renewed for another six months by going across the border into Costa Rica and return
in the same day with your cruising permit.
If you come in by bus or plane,
Immigration gives an automatic 6 months tourist visa.
You will need the corporation
documents showing proper ownership, crew list, and passports. Fees (see
listed below) are collected by each authority (port captain, customs,
quarantine, and immigration) for the clearing process plus their
transport since the port authorities dock is in bad repair. Most clear
either at anchor or at our marina dock after permission from the port
There are overtime fees for
holidays and outside the normal hours of Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to
3:00 p.m. with lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Currently, the
*overtime fees are being reconsidered and in some provinces are waived.
You will need to purchase a
Panamanian courtesy flag, which are available in Bocas after arrival.
Specifically the costs to clear
into Bocas del Toro Islas, Panama are listed below:
$20 AMP Port Captain
$15 Water taxi service Bocas / Marina Carenero / Bocas
$105 Normal Clearing Charges
*Over Time Fees clearing in after
4 x $20 = $80 ($20 per each authority)
Plus the proper Cruising Permit as
Bocas del Toro, Caribbean, Panama, Central America
Phone: (011) (507) 757-9242
Latitude 9Ί20.64' N
Longitude 82Ί14.11' W
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