I am booked for April aboard the Celebrity Summit Ultimate Caribbean cruise. Among the stops are Costa Rica and Panama. I am getting conflicting advice as to the entry requirements for both of these ports. I hav a valid passport, but have heard that I may also need either a visa or a "tourist card". The tourist card is supposedly available at the Costa Rica or Panama airport, however, I'm not going to the airport...I'm cruisin. Does anyone know if I must have a visa or tourist card to enter these countries. If so, does the cruise line provide them, or is there somewhere else I need to get one from? Thanks. Mark from Seattle
Just a second confirmation - we did the same cruise last year, and needed nothing other than our passports. We have also spent a land-based holiday in Costa Rica, and did not need to apply for anything in advance either.
You do not need a Visa for Costa Rica or Panama at this time for cruise passengers. Your passport is the best ID you can have. Ship's tours are highly recommended, especially at Colon, Panama. We sail on Carnival with some of the same itinerary also in April.