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Old October 3rd, 2006, 09:36 PM
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Default Immigration/Passport check in Colon aboard Carnival Legend

Does anyone know if Passports/visas are checked in Colon, Panama when arriving by cruiseship? We are planning a cruise on the Carnival Legend, and some of us need a visa that we may not be able to get in time for the cruise.
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From what I have been reading, you'll need one after January 7th of 2007
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I would suggest a passport when your leaving the US regardless of what country your going to.
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Wouldn't that hurt?
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Hi eulalie,

Welcome to Cruisemates!

Sorry, I don't know anything about visas .

This is a question you should ask your Travel Agent or Carnival to be sure you and/or your friends have the correct documents.

I hope you can get this taken care of before your cruise. I'd hate for you to be waving bye-bye from the pier as the ship sails !

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The following is required by Panama for all US Citizens:

- Valid/signed passport (valid for 3 months beyond stay).

- Proof of departure--computer generated flight itinerary from the travel agent.

- Visa Required, -OR- Tourist Card issued by airline carrier

- Vaccinations International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever required if arriving from infected area within 5 days

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A Tourist Card will be issued in lieu of a visa to the following for stays of up to 30 days (extendable to 90 days at the discretion of the Immigration Authorities):
2. nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Thailand, Taiwan (China), Trinidad & Tobago, USA and Venezuela.


When I needed a tourist card, the ship took care of it. They gave us a card that we carried while in port. The Passports are checked by the Panama Government coordining with the ship.

Get a Passport!

Check with your TA about the Visa to make sure Carnival will issue the Tourist Card.
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Sorry, I should have been more lucid in my first post. We all have passports, and visas/resident cards for the US. Some of us hold Indian passports, and Panama requires a visa for Indian passport holders. I will be travelling a fair bit between now and the cruise, and might not be able to spare my passport for the 2 weeks it would take for a visa.
When I last sailed in the Carribean, no country checked passports/visas since many of them waive the visa requirements for cruise ship passengers.
I can always stay on the ship in Panama (Belize and costa rica dont need visas), which of course wouldn't be much fun! I was wondering if any of the past passengers remembered how exactly embarkation/disembarkation happened in Panama.
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Yea, it would have been good to know that you are NOT US citizens and what country you are from. It makes a difference.

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