Passenger and motorcycle transport
Five nights accommodation onboard
All meals, tea, coffee and water
All loading and unloading costs
Entry visa/fees to Colombia (Most people do not require however please check)
Guna Yala Congresso taxes $20USD
Any Insurance or taxes for the motorcycle
Agent fees in Cartagena ($100USD)
Step 1: Paperwork
After your reservation has been confirmed we will send you a ‘Bill Of Lading’ document to print. This is a legal shipping document details what is being transported, your details and the commercial registration details of the vessel. This is an extremely import paper and you will be required to show this to officials.
We will need you to send us a scan of the following documents:
- Vehicle title papers
- Vehicle registration
Step 2: Inspection
You will need the bike inspected by DIJ in Panama City. Arrive as early as possible at the vehicle inspection yard (Location 1 shown on map). We recommend being in line at 07:00am. Only a limited number of inspections are done each day, with numbered tickets being given out on a first come, first served basis only.
Once the inspection is complete, you will be given instructions to collect your paperwork at a later time from the main DIJ offices nearby (Location 2 on map)
*The latest this whole process can be done is two working days before departure. They are only available Mon-Fri early in the morning, so if your departure date is at the weekend or on a Monday/Tuesday you will need to plan accordingly. You can do this earlier if you wish, however the papers they issue you with are only valid for 7 days.
DIJ Vehicle Inspection Yard, Panama City (Location 1 on map)
Dirección de Investigación Judicial, Panama City
07:00am, 7 – 2 days before departure*
Documents Required: ‘
- Bill Of Lading
- Vehicle Documents
- Temporary import permit
- Panamanian Insurance Papers
- Any other paperwork issued in, or when entering Panama
Step 3: Customs
The day after completing the DIJ inspection you will need to visit customs in the city of Colon, in order to cancel your temporary import permit. You won’t have time to do this the same day as the DIJ inspection. It is important to also only visit the Colon customs office, as this is the nearest to the departure location, and they are experienced dealing with this type of vehicle shipping.
* The latest this can be done is one working day before departure. They are only available Mon-Fri, so if your departure date is at the weekend or on a Monday you will need to plan accordingly.
Colon – Autoridad Nacional de Aduanas
One working day before departure
- Bill of Lading document (+ 3 copies)
- Passport (+ 3 copies)
- Temporary import permit (+ 3 copies)
- Vehicle title documents (+ 3 copies)
- Inspection documents from DIJ (+ 3 copies)
- Panamanian Insurance Papers (+ 3 copies)
- Any other paperwork issued in or when entering Panama
Step 4: Loading
We recommend staying in or near Puerto Lindo the night before departure. There are a few budget places you can find online. If it is possible, the captain will ask for the bike to be loaded the day before departure in the afternoon. Otherwise it will be arranged for early on the day of departure.
Sometimes a local Marina is available to use, meaning the bikes can be loaded on board directly from the dock. If this isn’t possible then the loading process will be more old school and involve lowering the bike into a local ‘panga’, then taking it out to the the boat waiting in the bay. It will then be winched onto the deck with halyards. This will look a bit scary at first. Try not to be too concerned and remember its been done a few hundred times before.
There are no banks on that area of the coast of Panama, so make sure you have withdrawn everything in advance to pay the final balance and Guna Yala congresso fee.
You should make sure to have some WD-40, and as light amount of fuel as possible in the tanks.
It is up to you if you want to use a tarpaulin to cover the bike or not. The salty sea air will still get at the bike, however there is often a few showers of rain along the way that will give it rinse if you don’t have the bike covered.
Puerto Lindo. Linton Bay Marina or Casa X Restaurant dock
Afternoon before departure or early on departure morning.
Step 5: Arrival In Cartagena
Manga, Cartagena de Indias
- Bill of Lading document
- Vehicle title documents
- Inspection documents from DIJ in Panama
- All docs from customs in Panama
- Colombian vehicle insurance (SOAT) You can purchase on arrival
Marine Agent Cost:
$100 USD per vehicle
There have been recent cases of illegal operators shipping motorcycles that had not been given clearance to either leave Panama or be unloaded in Colombia. Because of this ongoing issue, customers must employ an agent. Motorcycles can only be unloaded from the boat onto land after authorization by customs. The agent cost is $100USD per vehicle.
Please note that if your arrival falls on a weekend or public holiday, unloading may not be possible for a few days until offices re-open. Very occasionally other un-scheduled delays might happen. Normally everything can be completed the same day as the boat arrival, however you should plan to be a little flexible in case this isn’t possible. The port and customs in Cartagena is notorious for slow service and delays. For comparison, a vehicle shipped by container can take 3 – 4 full working days after arrival before customs sanction the release.