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Carnet for Costa Rica?

G'Day all,

I have been surfing "The Hubb" for abit and am planning a trip from Vancouver to Panama return. From what I read I believe I do not need a carnet however, CAA has it in their book that I need one for C. Rica. Can anyone confirm or hopefully deny that? I am a Canadian too.

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G'Day all,

I have been surfing "The Hubb" for abit and am planning a trip from Vancouver to Panama return. From what I read I believe I do not need a carnet however, CAA has it in their book that I need one for C. Rica. Can anyone confirm or hopefully deny that? I am a Canadian too.

Thanks,

Geoff
Geoff,

No carnet needed for Costa Rica or any of the CA countries.

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NO carnet required in ALL of the Americas.

CAA's published info is clearly ancient on this (no carnet required for CR in at least 20 years) - if you talk to Suzanne Danis, the carnet person at CAA she will confirm.

Remember that info that is given out by embassies and governments etc often has NO relation to the facts at the border where it matters.
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Mexico/C. America Paper work

Thanks fellas, that just one less thing to do! Cheers. Any other recommendations regarding paper work for Mexico/C. America outside of the bike Registration?
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Thanks fellas, that just one less thing to do! Cheers. Any other recommendations regarding paper work for Mexico/C. America outside of the bike Registration?
No, not really, it's all rather easy (though sometimes a little tedious) - you can get everything you need at the borders. There are plenty of little 'helpers' willing to fill out forms for a few dollars, but we usually just went straight to the first military looking type and asked him who was the first person we should visit / talk to. From that first contact, it was always fairly easy to follow the trail of bureaucracy, just by asking who we needed to see next.

Hope it goes well.

BTW, the Northern route out of El Salvador into Honduras was a blast. Gravel roads with VERY chilled border staff.
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