This is extremely important information so read carefully if you plan to visit the Central America countries.
All of the countries of the area require a passport valid for at least six months from entry intro the country. If you're traveling into a Central America country from an area with any risk of yellow fever (like Panama's Kuna Yala region) you'll also need to provide a vaccination certificate. But there are some other things that you should know that are particular to each countrt.
Entry Requirements for Central America
1. Entry Requirements for Costa Rica
All travelers need a valid passport to enter Costa Rica, ideally with more than six months left on it and plenty of blank pages. Visa are not required by USA, Canada, Australia, Britain and European Union nationals if they're staying fewer than 90 days. If you intend to stay longer, you must exit Costa Rica for at least 72 hours before re-entering the country. Tourist visas for nationals of other countries are $52 US. Technically travelers must be able to prove they have more than $500 US in their bank account upon entry, but this is rarely checked.
2. Entry Requirements for Honduras
All travelers need a valid passport to enter Honduras, valid for at least three months after the date of entry, and a return ticket. As part of the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4), Honduras allows travelers to travel to and from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala for up to 90 days without dealing with immigration formalities at the borders.
3. Entry Requirements for El Salvador
All travelers need a passport to enter El Salvador, valid for at least six months past the date of entry, as well as a return ticket. Nationals of Canada, Greece, Portugal and the USA must buy a tourist card for $10 US on entry, valid for 30 days. Australian and British nationals do not need a visa. El Salvador is party to the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4), allowing travelers to easily travel though Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala for up to 90 days.
4. Entry Requirements for Panama
All travelers need a passport to enter Panama, valid for a minimum for six months. Occasionally travelers might need to show proof of a return ticket and at least $500 US in their bank accounts. Nationals of the USA, Australia and Canada are issued tourist cards for stays of up to 30 days. The cost is $5 US and often included in international airfare.
5. Entry Requirements for Guatemala
All travelers need a passport to enter Guatemala, valid for a minimum for six months. Guatemala is also part of the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4), which means travelers can skip border formalities when crossing between Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua for up to 90 days of travel.
6. Entry Requirements for Belize
All travelers need a valid passport to enter Belize, good for six months past the date of arrival. While travelers are supposed to have sufficient funds for entry – sufficient meaning a minimum of $60 US per day of your stay – they are hardly ever asked for proof. All tourists and non-Belizean citizens are required to pay an exit fee of $39.25 US; this is typically included in airfare for American travelers.
7. Entry Requirements for Nicaragua
All travelers need a valid passport to enter Nicaragua; for all countries except the USA, the passport must be valid for at least six months. Travelers can obtain tourist cards upon arrival for $10 US, good for up to 90 days. Nicaragua is the southernmost party to the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4), which allows travelers to venture in and out of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala without going through immigration formalities at border crossings for up to 90 days.
Departure tax is $32 US.
Edited by: Marina K. Villatoro