Just finished this run (Curaçao - Colombia
- Panama) so can provide a bit of current
info (subject to change wo notice of course).
Per FB group etc Olidaba and Porvenir are closed as ports
of entry until further notice (I wonder what the Colombian trading boats do now, as they are a normal part of life, esp in the E San Blas? ). So, we did not attempt to stop or clear in the SB. One boat traveling in loose company did stop in Cayos Holandes (Swimming Pool anchorage) overnight and no one gave them any grief.
We went directly from Cartagena
to Linton Bay Marina. Had been told by marina that we could do papers there and that is partially true. There is a Port Captain
there now and you can complete your cruising permit
there and get permission to travel to Portobelo to complete immigration clearance. Ive heard of a 72 hour permission being issued but we did not receive anything formal (I would not go any further than Portobelo without formal written permission...have heard stories of folks getting into to trouble that way...check points are fairly common in Panama).
Be aware, the Port Captain
there tried to fleece my friends (the boat owners) for $100 per passport plus $20 over time because it was a Saturday (he was there anyway). That scam fell apart when his accomplice in Immigration didnt show...so he got zip. Took a taxi to Portobelo on Monday ... total charge from Immigration...$3 per passport for making copies etc.
Portobelo is only about 30 minutes or less away by bus/taxi so not a big deal really and we were on our way to Panama