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Importing a car into Panama

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 This question just came in on importing vehicles to Panama. Roberto


Hello Rob and Yolanda, this is Natalie and Jeff, we have met a few times at Woodys. We are seeking some advise in hopes that you guys would have the answer?
Our GMC van has been in the country for three months now, and today were learned that we have to leave for 48 hours, were thought since we have the 6 month visa that our van did as well! We were very wrong.
So on Thursday we will be heading to the Costa Rica boarder, our question is, do you guys know of a place that we can stay, not too fare from Paso Canoes that is nice and not to expensive. Our fear is having to drive all the way back to San Jose! We found the roads a nightmare the first time around! Also, we know you have a Canadian truck here, what did you guys do every three month till you got your Panamanian plates? Thank you in advance, any advice you may have would be greatly appreciated
Natalie and Jeff 

Hey guys,

I will post a request on my site - we got our Pensionadas right away - we never had to do the Costa Rica thing. However you can stay in Panama for 6 months - it is your car you need to get imported or pay fines. Right?
We are just getting our van imported now (four years) we never left Panama with it - so we have fines to pay. For a 2009 Honda Odyssey, with $500 in fines -  it is costing about $2,000 all in to import it and get Panamanian plates.
You might want to do this before you take it across the border. I used a worker/friend to do it for us - she lives in Penonomé - I paid her $200 to take care of it all for me. If you want I can give you her number.
Hope this helps. Roberto



Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 04:37  
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