Episode 21: The Slow Boat Checks into Panama, Port Captains, Immigration, and Agents

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Checking into Panama was not easy or quick.  In this episode, I explain how I and the Slow Boat skipper ended up over $400 poorer and made two trips into Colon over four days and four government office visits including paying an agent. In my experience, both the immigration officer and Cristobal Port Captain refused to process my completed paperwork. I muse whether the government officials financially benefit from boater’s employment of agents to facilitate the check in process in Colon, Panama. I hope they do not, but their behavior suggests they may.

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