We recently arrived in Santa Marta in Colombia
, intending to spend 5 days here before sailing to Panama
, because according to Noonsite
you can spend 5 days in Colombia
, before you need to pay for a Temporary Import Permit
(TIP) and a cruising permit
Today (on day 2) we were just informed by Marina Santa Marta that we will have to pay for a cruising permit if we stay longer than 3 days and a TIP if we stay longer than 5 days. So effectively, you need to stay 3 days if you want to avoid the extra charges. We asked them if this was new practice and they said no and that this has been in effect for a long time ... which is odd, because I've found no other mention, anywhere, about needing to pay over 300,000 pesos for already after 3 days.
Does anyone else have any similar recent experiences? Is the info on Noonsite wrong, or are they trying to pull a fast one here?