Motorcycle Shipping Panama To Colombia
Motorcycle shipping to Colombia is easy with Wild Card Sailing. Our boats are fully legal, Panamanian registered commercial vessels. This means we can provide you with all the correct documents to enable you to transport your vehicle without fear of being impounded by customs officials, either in Panama or Colombia.
You will be present for the whole loading and unloading procedure and you can enjoy a FIVE night trip on board with our other guests, including full, three day San Blas experience. We have transported over 600 motorcycles over the years operating the Panama, San Blas, Colombia route.
Please read our guide below which explains the process in full.
Passenger & Motorcycle Transport
Five Nights Accommodation
All Meals, Tea, Coffee and Water
Motorcycle Loading/Unloading Costs
Visas If Required
Guna Yala Tourist Tax ($20 USD)
Insurance Or Tax For The Motorcycle
Agent Fees In Cartagena
STEP 1: PAPERWORK
After your reservation has been confirmed we will need you to send us a scan of the following documents:
- Vehicle title papers
- Vehicle registration
We will send you a ‘Bill Of Lading’ document to print and sign. This is a legal shipping document needed by authorities to allow you to leave ship the motorcycle from Panama and enter with it into Colombia.
STEP 2: VEHICLE INSPECTION
You will need the motorcycle to be inspected by the Dirección de Investigación Judicial in Panama City no later than two working days before departure.
Arrive as early as possible at the vehicle inspection yard. We recommend being in line by 05:30am. 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.
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.
Dirección de Investigación Judicial, Panama City
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 in the free zone area of Colon. It is important to also only visit this Colon customs office, as this is the nearest to the departure location, and they are experienced dealing with this type of vehicle shipping.
Be sure to explain you are EXITING the country as there are different offices for imports and exports.
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.
Autoridad Nacional de Aduanas, Colon
Documents Required: ‘
- Paperwork from DIJ (3 Copies)
- Bill of Lading (3 Copies)
- Passport (3 Copies)
- Vehicle Documents (3 Copies)
- Temporary import permit (3 Copies)
- Panamanian Insurance Papers (3 Copies)
- Any other paperwork issued in, or when entering Panama (3 Copies)
STEP 4: VEHICLE LOADING
In most cases the captain will request you to be at Linton Bay Marina in Puerto Lindo one day before departure, in the afternoon after you have visited customs in Colon.
The motorcycles will be loaded and secured and you can then return the following morning at 10:00am for a pre-departure meeting with the rest of the passengers, before setting sail towards the San Blas Islands.
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 tourist fee.
We recommend bringing and applying plenty of WD-40, and try to have a light amount of fuel in the tank. If you want to cover the bike we suggest brining your own tarpaulin and ties although it may not have much effect with the salty sea air.
STEP 5: ARRIVAL IN CARTAGENA
The motorcycles will be unloaded at a dock in the Manga neighbourhood of Cartagena, close to DIAN (customs). If your arrival falls on a weekend or public holiday, unloading may not be possible until the DIAN department responsible for providing you with a Temporary Import Permit re-opens.
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.