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Saturday, August 24 2019 @ 11:36 am EDT

Blackout At The Border Causes Chaos

Immigration IssuesOne hundred tourists were stranded in the community Guabito at the border crossing between Panama and Costa Rica, for more than six hours.

Under the hot sun, hundreds of foreigners waited for electrical power to be restored, so that government officials could perform the necessary procedures respective to their immigration status.

The tourists expressed their discomfort over the inconvenience of having to do the immigration and customs procedures, because these two institutions provide service in the border area, and they do not have an appropriate facility to provide an efficient service to both nationals and foreigners.

"One problem is the delay, and the other is that we are in the open for lack of a roof," said a group of foreigners from Argentina.

We found the chaos created by the two institutions was due to a blackout at the border.

Furthermore, it was observed that, the institutions have an auxiliary electric generator, but they were not using it because they don't have the funds to buy gasoline.

We tried to obtain a statement from the institutions named, but officials did not issue an opinion. (Siglo)

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Blackout At The Border Causes Chaos
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, January 07 2013 @ 07:00 pm EST

I've been across the border there twice and can vouch for the discomfort as one is unprotected from the elements and waits can take a very long time, depending on traffic.

It is absurd that relatively wealthy Panama with all its expansions & interest to attract more tourism, would not invest a bit more at the border crossing where there are not even alternatives to the tedious ground transit, since boating across was stopped.

One improvement comes with the completion of the new bridge. (The one in the picture is in itself an experience. Don't walk across the same time a semi does!)

I've also experienced numerous blackouts in Bocas del Toro, one which lasted days and nights.

Which guide books will take note and let their readers know these facts I wonder.... :-)

Blackout At The Border Causes Chaos
Authored by: susangg on Wednesday, January 09 2013 @ 09:19 am EST

This is just another example of the contempt with which the government of Panama views all tourism that is not destined for: (1) Panama City (2) large Cancun style "mass tourism" hotels in the city or Pacific beaches, or a few other places where "connected" folks have resorts; or (3) casinos. The government considers the people who cross the border by land to be the lumpenproletariat of tourists...eco tourists, back packers and budget tourists. Their money tends to be spent in local businesses in local communities in which the powers that be have no direct investment (although the government benefits by way of taxes), and if something interferes with it, the government's view is "too bad!"