(please ignore my PM and reply on here. This is useful info for others as well)
thank you very much for sharing your experience of trying to get a Panamian visa. It must have hurt pretty bad to fly the bike from Costa rica to Colombia. Ouch!
I have about 40-60 days to go before launching on my ride. Panama is the one country that worries me if it is indeed going to take 60 days to process the visa.
What country are you from?
did you try obtaining a Panamaian visa in your home country?
did you try showing up at the Panama border for a tourist visa? Sjoeerd seems to not have had a problem - but then his was a first-world passport.
Did you look into any cargo ships going from costa rica to colombia?
Originally Posted by vagamoto
I waited in San Jose, Costa Rica for over a month to get a visa,then gave up and flew to Colombia. Cost over $ 2000 for the bike, $ 400 for me. Panama is such an advanced nation that even the ambassador in CR could give no indication of how long their visitor friendly staff would take to make up their minds.
Fortunately that is the only problem in Central and South America. All the other countries are extremely helpful and efficient and keen to welcome you.