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Can I enter panama and Costa Rica without a visa? Panama Yes you can enter Panama if you have a valid passport for at least 3 months and visas from the following countries regardless of your nationality: Source:Consulate General Of Panama London “Those who hold a valid passport for at least 3 months and a valid visa from ONE of the following countries: ...


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As crazy as it might sound given that these countries are clearly not the USA, it's actually true! Many countries will waive the requirement to have a visa if you have a visa from another specific country - and both Panama and Costa Rica fall into this category. Panama will grant entry to people from Pakistan with a valid multi-entry visa for the following ...


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Most of countries have X-ray on custom. Just few of the countries control them systematically (or just often, many people per flights). It is not just for drugs or safety. Often is just to have a better custom control, to see if you are importing commercial stuffs, that requires taxes.


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The same thing happens in Ecuador. All bags used to go systematically through and X-Ray machine but it took long, so now we have a light that randomly switches between red and green to tell you if you need to take your luggage through the X-Ray machine. And, yes, I had to do it in Panama too, twice. This is usually done as part of customs, so it is to check ...


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First choice is out as opening hours are 9 AM to 5 PM (Canal's website). With second choice you'd have only five hours, and while it's not a huge airport I remember it took me around one hour to go through passport control after exiting the plane and obviously you need to come there some time before the return flight, which leaves you with 2-3 hours outside ...


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There are two ways, and it'll depend on how long he has in the US. 1) He can apply for a new passport, from America, through the Consulate. For example, the Consulate of Panama in Houston, Texas states that it's possible to do so and how to do it, including the requisite forms and costs. The downside is that it takes 6-8 weeks, which may be too long for ...


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Spanish is the common language in Panama and is not much different than Spanish spoken in the rest of Central America. Even if you do not know the right Spanish, you will be understood, although you will find that some words are local. While many people understand English, those are mostly concentrated around tourist areas. Although not everyone will be ...


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While not having direct experience from Central America but rather central Asia, such as rainforests in Indonesia where the humidity also easily surpasses 90%, I can tell you that you do not need to worry. I never had an issue and I hardly ever use air conditioning, be it with cameras, laptops or cellphones etc. If you want to be extra sure take silica gel ...


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Despite what the Turkish Airlines phone operator may have told you, the simple fact is that the most likely result is that you will be denied boarding of your flight from Turkey to Panama. Like most airlines, Turkish use the Timatic system at check-in to confirm a passenger meets the requirements to enter their destination country, as well as for any transit ...


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They do ask for a ticket to show that you are leaving the country but when you are at immigration you can buy a cheap bus ticket out of the country and they will accept it (even if you don't actually take the bus). There are always plenty of bus operators selling tickets. If you are on a tight budget you can print out flight details (without having paid for ...


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Currently, no. There is no road connecting the two countries. Briefly and recently, a ferry ran between Panama and Colombia. However, it seems it is no longer available: Their Facebook page is empty, their website is suspended. Outdated information at Wikioverland suggests the ferry didn't run for most of 2015 either.


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Not really, you have to buy the ticket and enter Visitors Center, pass through it and you'll see the locks and ships themselves. Official website enumerates what's included in the ticket - exhibition, terraces and observation decks, gift shop etc. The price is 15 USD. Without entering you can only see the some buildings, parking etc. There's a lot of ...


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So, I understand what you meant by "actual operators". Actual operators refers to the boat operators who actually operate the boats. Now, as you pointed out there are two which are fairly common and famous, i.e. Pacific Queen Panama Canal Tours Canal and Bay Tours I found two more which seem to have their own ships based on the obscure information ...


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I don't know for certain, but I would guess that the "time/km" entry actually means "time or km" (rather than "time per km", which doesn't make sense). You are doing a time-based rental (because you have unlimited km), which is 6 days, at presumably $1 per day. That seems rather inexpensive, but as mentioned in the comments it may be normal for cars in that ...


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PTY is an extremely simple airport for transit. There's no separation of departing and arriving passengers, so you literally go directly from your arrival gate to your departure gate. As long as you don't go downstairs to immigration you won't even see them. Just get off the first plane, check a departure board for your gate number, and go directly to it. I ...


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Sadly, most online reviews on TripAdvisor or other local sites also suggest Ancon Hill - others photos suggest that maybe the trees have grown since their shot and yours - or perhaps you need to get closer to the edge? :/ Another suggestion, however, is a different angle - the view from Amador Causeway or Calzada de Amador. It's not a high-up view, but the ...


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We rented a car in Panama while our son was in the hospital in Panama City during September 2015. It's a bit more expensive than in the US. There are also various requirements for minimum age and driving experience that will vary from company to company. It's not "25 across the board" like most companies in the states. Insurance is MANDATORY, no declining ...


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There's a legal minimun age to drive in Panama, but besides that some companies may have their own policies. National Rent a Car says the driver must be at least 23 years old and Sixt requires drivers to be at least 21 years of age. About documentation you should have a passport and your country's drivers license (or the international drivers license). If ...


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Which Embera Community? I believe there are several Embera communities (including but not limited to Embera Drua (Upper Chagres), Embera Puru and Arimae), and hence various different places one can be picked up along the Chagres on the way to the village. Hence this question is kind of on the broadish side according to TSE's regulations. Nevertheless I ...


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I love long car trips. To enter Mexico you will need a car-import permission. Each country has special requirements as ownership of car, international assurance for the car, etc. If you are asked to fumigate your car at a border crossing, do not allow it. It is not necessary. I've travel by days from USA to Costa Rica and is really very nice, a lot of ...


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I'll answer it a bit differently, since you asked about English being popular as well. Officially, in Panama (the country), 93% of the country speaks Spanish as their first language, although many speak it as their second as well. English is spoken by 8% of the country. So by and large, as a traveller, you'll get by very well if you speak Spanish and/or ...


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wordtravels mentions: Many Panamanians take an afternoon siesta "Many" indicates by no means "all" so it seems whether the client quietly disappears until siesta finishes or not will depend on the client. You may have no choice but to "play it by ear". As you quote, the siesta tradition is connected with the heat (it is also connected with a large ...


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We flew Copa Air from SFO > PTY > ASU in September, with an eight-hour layover in PTY. Our luggage was checked through, and we wanted to leave the airport to take a local tour during the layover. We went through Immigration and Customs to leave airside, and then went through them again (and security, too) when arriving back at PTY for the departing flight. ...


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To answer my own question, buses from Boquete to David and from David to Panama City maintain the usual daily timetable throughout the carnival, and it was not a problem to buy a ticket on the day. In fact, tickets can only be bought on the day of travel. The early morning local bus from Boquete to David was somewhat crowded with a few people standing in ...


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It seem that there is but the only way to fly might be a chartered flight. Air Panama which supposedly services the airport doesn't seem to have any scheduled flights to or from Santiago de Veraguas. The only thing I was able to find are charter planes that are able to go to the airport. Which seems to be confirmed by a Panama guide book, which states ...


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Having spent years upon years through monsoons in India.. Laptops will not get spoilt. However, I have heard of cases where people who lived in beach facing apartments faced faster corrosion of their electronics, but these were older electronics like amplifiers / equalizers. Given todays electronics manufacturing (boards coated with some resistant stuff),...


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First of all, the location description is very vague. You can cross the boarder from Colombia into Ecuador by foot. Those are neighboring countries. I assume therefore that you want to start from a larger city, like Cartagena and go to Guayaquil. However, from Cartagena, you are in for more than 2000km. Panama, on the other hand is still 1500km away. Which ...


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The METROBUS Card can only be purchased in the selected Point of Sales and Recharge (POS). Unfortunately, at the time of writing, according to the METROBUS website it would seem that there is no METROBUS POS at Tocumen Airport. Here is an up-to-date list of these POS from the METROBUS website. However this online newspaper article from La Prensa dating 2013 ...


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One better flight search engine than Kayak appears to be Taca Airlines (albeit based in the UK). For BOG -> CTG -> PTY -> BZE -> SFO, as of June 2nd 2014, Kayak's cheapest flight is $1790, while Taca's is $1630. Copa, despite being local, fared far worse than Kayak on a BOG -> PTY -> SFO route ($1256 vs. $1088). Its interface is also as ...


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