Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Destinations > Caribbean & Panama Canal
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old October 21st, 2004, 08:57 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 13
Default Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

I am considering a western Carribean which includes Costa Rica. I am getting conflicting reports from two lines. One told me a passport was required, another indicated birth certificate/drivers license was good enough. A web site for Costa Rica says that a passport is required for all visitors, but no visa for US Citizens under 45 days.

Can anyone shed some light on this??

Thanks

Rich
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old October 22nd, 2004, 07:32 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Palmer, Massachusetts
Posts: 12,716
Default Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

i would go with information from an official government site.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old October 22nd, 2004, 09:00 AM
Senior Member
Yeoman
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 825
Default Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

I would get a passport. With the world situation, you never know when policies will change. Some countries flip back and forth between passport and birth certificate. Its easier to get through customs with one, its all in one id (no need to pull out a photo id and paper), its good for 10 years (adults), you have it for future spur of the moment trips, its probably cheaper now than it will be down the road, etc. I got my son one soon after he was born. You never know when you might have to travel out of the country (biz or pleasure) and I would have to hate to pay the rush price. My husband let his get to close to expiration and had to fly overseas at the last minute on biz. Thankfully his company paid the renewal fee which was pretty steep since he needed it quickly.

alison

__________________
AHC-Hawaiian Islands
CCL-Bahamas
HAL-Caribbean
PCL-Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal
12/02 RCI-Enchantment-Western Caribbean
12/03 RCI-Navigator-Western Caribbean
12/04 RCI-Mariner-Eastern Caribbean
12/05 RCI-Brilliance-Panama Canal
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old October 22nd, 2004, 09:08 AM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 26,759
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

I would just get the passport and be on the safe side, especially if you plan on more travel in the next few years, they are good for 10 years. I find it much easier to travel with them, they are the best identification you can carry.

Here is a link if you want to apply for one:

Passport Information

__________________

Message Boards Moderator
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old November 23rd, 2004, 11:27 AM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 3
Default Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

I will be on the Horizon this December and will be stopping in bothe Purteo Limon Costa Rica and Colon Panama. I was told I would need a passport for Panama not Costa Rica. I would get a passport anyway. For the cost it is the best travel ID to have.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old November 23rd, 2004, 01:14 PM
dan p
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

You dont have to show your passport in any country if you come in on a cruise ship.But is a lot easier boarding the ship.What we do also is photo copy our passport and when we get off in the ports we leave the passport on board and take the copy.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old January 4th, 2005, 10:09 PM
LeeW
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

Going on Coral Princess Panama cruise this April and saw the same information on Costa Rica - that they require tourists to carry their ID. Will see what is true when we get there. Actually the most useful place for the passport was getting off the ship in Fort Lauderdale. We sailed on the second Caribbean Princess cruise in April 2004 and walked right through immigration with our passports but the "birth certificate" line was several hundred people long. Never left the cabin safe during the cruise (west Caribbean).
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old January 6th, 2005, 08:35 AM
JennCandi
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

When we traveled on NCL they took my fiancÚ passport before we boarded the boat, because he isn't a US Citizen. That was the only time we needed to show our passports, besides when we disembarked at the end of the cruise. He had to go down at 6:00 am the last day of the cruise to get his passport back and go through immigration. It was a real pain. (Well not for me, I was still sleeping). So, I don't think you need your passport when you get off the cruise line at the docks.

The only place we needed to show an id (our drivers license) was in cozumel. In Roatan, Belize and Grand Cayman, the only thing we needed to show was our room card from the boat. Everyone must have it when you leave the boat. This scans you in and out.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old January 6th, 2005, 12:20 PM
hcat
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

Take the passport copies--a good idea once you leave US land!
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old January 6th, 2005, 05:58 PM
CB CB is offline
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 84
Default Re: Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

Hi Lee, which trip are you doing in April to the Panama, we are on the Coral 4/27. Can't wait. We finally broke down and got passports. I like the idea of copies off ship.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old January 13th, 2005, 09:17 PM
LeeW
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Re: Re: Passport Requirement (Costa Rica)

April 7 Coral Princess.

They FINALLY opened up the shore excursions, so have been busy picking things.

Trying to decide between river cruise or 4x4 in Limon,

speed boat/snorkel or airboat in Belize

Were not really planning on taking a tour in the Canal except that most
folks I am reading on these boards highly recommend the tour boat
through the Cut and the western locks. My understanding is we will
miss the CP locking back down if we do this. Tough choice....
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
costa, cruise, passport, required, requirements, rica, ship

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Passport Requirement! Rob M. Carnival Cruise Lines 12 April 8th, 2005 07:37 PM
New Passport Requirement! Rob M. Princess Cruise Lines 5 April 7th, 2005 04:35 PM
passport requirement luv2cruise Carnival Cruise Lines 3 January 7th, 2005 09:43 AM
COSTA RICA PASSPORT REQ. Thomas McDonald Celebrity 4 November 2nd, 2003 10:09 AM
Passport soon required for Costa Rica! Lisa Chit - Chat for Cruisers 10 January 29th, 2003 06:01 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:56 AM.
design by: Themes by Design



Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1