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Central America Border Crossings

Crossing the borders between Central America countries

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Central America Border Crossings

Central America Border Crossings

Kirsten Hubbard
Central America border crossings can be quick and easy, or a major headache. But they're a necessary part of traveling through Central America (unless you fly between countries, but then you have to deal with airports anyway). The following are the major border crossings between Central America countries.

Tips: Make sure your passport is up-to-date and you're ready to pay entrance and exit fees. Prepare to be hassled by people waving stacks of currency in your face. Bring something to read -- wait times can range from minutes to hours.

Belize Border Crossings

The Belize and Mexico Border
The Belize - Mexico border crossing is between Santa Elena, Belize (near Corozal) and Chetumal, Mexico. There is a second, lesser-used border crossing bewteen La Unión and Blue Creek, Belize (34 miles from Orange Walk).

The Belize and Guatemala Border
The Belize - Guatemala border crossing is between Benque Viejo del Carmen in Belize's Cayo District and Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala.

Guatemala Border Crossings

The Guatemala and Mexico Border
The main Guatemala - Mexico border crossings are at Ciudad Hidalgo and Talismán (both near Tapachula, Mexico); and between Comitán, Mexico, and Huehuetenango, Guatemala on the Pan-American Highway.

The Guatemala and Belize Border
The Guatemala - Belize border crossing is between Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala and Benque Viejo del Carmen in Belize's Cayo District.

The Guatemala and El Salvador Border
There are four Guatemala - El Salvador border crossings: La Hachadura and Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado; Chinamas and Valle Nuevo; Anguiatú; and San Cristóbal on the Pan-American Highway.

The Guatemala and Honduras Border
There are three main Guatemala - Honduras border crossings: Corinto, between Puerto Barrios, Guatemala and Omoa, Honduras; Agua Caliente, between Esquipulas, Guatemala and Nueva Ocotepeque, Honduras; and El Florido, between Chiquimula, Guatemala and Copán Ruinas, Honduras.

El Salvador Border Crossings

The El Salvador and Guatemala Border
There are four El Salvador - Guatemala border crossings: La Hachadura and Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado; Chinamas and Valle Nuevo; Anguiatú; and San Cristóbal on the Pan-American Highway.

The El Salvador and Honduras Border
The El Salvador - Honduras border crossings are at El Poy and El Amatillo.

Honduras Border Crossings

The Honduras and Guatemala Border
There are three primary Guatemala - Honduras border crossings: Corinto, between Omoa, Honduras and Puerto Barrios, Guatemala; Agua Caliente, between Nueva Ocotepeque, Honduras and Esquipulas, Guatemala; and El Florido, between Copán Ruinas, Honduras and Chiquimula, Guatemala.

The Honduras and El Salvador Border
The Honduras - El Salvador border crossings are at El Poy and El Amatillo.

The Honduras and Nicaragua Border
There are four Honduras - Nicaragua border crossings: at Las Manos on the Pan-American Highway, Guasaule, La Fraternidad/El Espino, and at Leimus in Nicaragua's Caribbean La Moskitia region.

Nicaragua Border Crossings

The Nicaragua and Honduras Border
There are four Nicaragua - Honduras border crossings: at Las Manos on the Pan-American Highway, Guasaule, La Fraternidad/El Espino, and at Leimus in Nicaragua's Caribbean La Moskitia region.

The Nicaragua and Costa Rica Border
The main Nicaragua - Costa Rica border crossing is at Peñas Blancas. Entry into Nicaragua on a bus is around $13 for foreigners; entrance into Costa Rica from Nicaragua is $3. There is a second Nicaragua - Costa Rica border crossing between Los Chiles, Costa Rica and San Carlos, Nicaragua, which is less frequently used by travelers.

Costa Rica Border Crossings

The Costa Rica and Nicaragua Border
The primary Costa Rica and Nicaragua border crossing is at Peñas Blancas. Entry into Nicaragua on a bus is around $13 for foreigners; entrance into Costa Rica from Nicaragua is $3. There is another border crossing between Los Chiles, Costa Rica and San Carlos, Nicaragua.

The Costa Rica and Panama Border
There are three border crossings between Costa Rica and Panama: Paso Canoas and Rio Sereno on the Pacific side, and Sixaola/Guabito on the Caribbean side. Travelers venturing from San Jose to Panama City will likely use Paso Canoas (the busiest crossing), while travelers heading to or from Bocas del Toro will use Sixaola/Guabito. Tourist cards for Panama travel are $5 at the border.

Panama Border Crossings

The Panama and Costa Rica Border
There are three border crossings between Panama and Costa Rica: Paso Canoas and Rio Sereno on the Pacific, and Sixaola/Guabito on the Caribbean. If you're traveling between San Jose and Panama City, you'll probably use Paso Canoas (the busiest crossing), while travelers heading to or from Bocas del Toro will use Sixaola/Guabito. Tourist cards for Panama travel are $5.

The Panama and Colombia Border
There are no real roads connecting Panama and Colombia, due to the impenetrable rainforest that makes up Panama's Darien Gap. Travelers seeking to cross the Panama - Colombia border must do so by boat, or by plane.

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