As of 19 April 2021
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/or fly out to another country for renewal time.
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 not built to be able to dock for clearing. All go to anchor until the crew onboard shows a negative Covid-19 test or are examined prior to the clearing process. You may call on VHF 16 to request the clearing service from AMP (Authoridad Maritima de Panama).
There are overtime fees for holidays and outside the normal hours of Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.