Tourist visas for Central America

VISA PROCUREMENT

Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller and not On The Go Tours. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from Central America and that you have enough blank pages in your passport for all of the visas you require.

The majority of visas in Central America can be obtained on arrival or at the border, however, it is essential that you check the visa requirements of every country you will be visiting with the local embassy, consulate or a reputable visa handling company for the most up to date visa information before you travel.

Belize Visa Requirements

UK, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Canadian and US passport holders travelling to Belize for touristic purposes do not require a visa for stays up to 30 days.

Costa Rica Visa Requirements

British, other EU, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Canadian and US passport holders travelling to Costa Rica for touristic purposes do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days (30 days for South Africans). Other nationalities should check their visa requirements with the embassy.

Cuba Visa Requirements

All nationals need a tourist visa to enter Cuba, which comes in the form of a 30-day tourist card that MUST be obtained prior to departure - contact your local embassy or visa company for details. Entry is granted on production of a passport valid for more than six months, proof of accommodation (although this is rarely asked for) and a return-flight ticket. On entry the official may ask you if you want your passport stamped or not, otherwise your tourist card will be stamped.

Important: your stamped tourist card should be left in your passport for the duration of your stay. Do not lose this piece of paper as you will need to produce it on departure.

US Nationals: Officially, travel to Cuba for tourism purposes is prohibited under U.S. law for U.S. citizens and others under U.S. jurisdiction. Check with the US Department of State for more information. While we hope that things will change in the future, we are therefore unable to take U.S. citizens on our trips to Cuba due to present U.S. policy.

Departure tax: A departure tax of CUC25 (approximately US$25) is payable when you leave the country - this must be paid in local currency.

Guatemala Visa Requirements

British, other EU, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Canadian and US passport holders travelling to Guatemala for tourism purposes do not require a visa for stays up to 30 days. Other nationalities should check their visa requirements with the embassy.

Note: All travellers are required to show evidence of sufficient funds (minimum £50 per day) and proof of return or onward ticket at the point of entry.

Honduras Visa Requirements

UK, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Canadian and US passport holders travelling to Honduras for touristic purposes do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days.

Honduras is part of the Central America-4 (CA-4) Border Control Agreement. As part of this agreement eligible foreign nationals can travel within the four countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua) for a period of up to 90 days without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints. If travellers wish to remain in this area for more than 90 days they should research extensions. Anyone overstaying can expect a fine.

Mexico Visa Requirements

British, other EU, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and US passport holders travelling to Mexico for touristic purposes do not require a visa for stays up to 180 day but do need a Blue Tourist Card which can be obtained by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or onboard flights to Mexico. Alternatively they can be obtained from Mexican Consulates prior to travel.

Nicaragua Visa Requirements

UK, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US and South African passport holders travelling to Nicaragua for touristic purposes do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days.

Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are part of the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4). Under the terms of this agreement, tourists can travel within any of the CA-4 countries (which also includes El Salvador) for a period of up to 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints. This period begins at the first point of entry in to any of the CA-4 countries. Fines are applied for travellers who exceed this 90-day limit, although a request for a 30-day extension can be made before the 90 days limit expires.

Panama Visa Requirements

UK, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US and South African passport holders travelling to Panama for touristic purposes do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days.

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