Marina Carenero
Bocas del Toro, Panama, Central America

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Panama Cruising Permits

Cruising 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 vessels.

Tourist visas are issued for up to six months for cruisers arriving by boat. Tourist visas can be 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 captain.

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:

$25 – Immigration
$25 – Customs
$20 – Quarantine
$20 – AMP Port Captain
$15 – Water taxi service Bocas / Marina Carenero / Bocas
$105 – Normal Clearing Charges

*Over Time Fees clearing in after hours:
4 x $20 = $80 ($20 per each authority)

Plus the proper Cruising Permit as stated above.


Marina Carenero
Bocas del Toro, Caribbean, Panama, Central America
Phone: (011) (507) 757-9242

Latitude 9Ί20.64' N Longitude 82Ί14.11' W

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