Panamá/Costa Rica Border

Panamá/Costa Rica Border

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Here are a few tips that might make the crossing a little smoother:

  1. Be breezy, people will point you in the right direction generally since signage is scarce.
  2. You’ll be doing the actual border crossing on foot (even if you are continuing by the same bus you arrived on) so heavy backpacks or luggage will be a pain and might get searched.
  3. You cannot take a rental car across the border, but it is possible to arrange a car-switch with some rental companies.
  4. There is a nominal exit fee ($3-5) and you’ll need to fill out two sets of forms each way. Though, when flying out of Costa Rica the exit tax is $29USD.
  5. There may or may not be a comical role-call, in a room of mysterious purpose.
  6. Definitely have a ticket out of the region booked and ready to show (a flight home, or cheap bus onward will do).
  7. Save your last ATM receipt because the officer may ask to see your account balance or $500 cash—I managed to talk my way out of this one.
  8. In general officers will range from stink-eye stern to jovial and may even tease you about paying an exorbitant fee before high-fiveing you for figuring out the joke.
  9. Smile! (Your picture will be taken by the customs officer)
The crossing

The crossing

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Öribë Chocolate Farm, Panamá

Öribë Chocolate Farm, Panamá