He was not positive on what the situation at the border is with the atm machines yet, but he'll call the manager at the border tomorrow and I'll report back.
I KNOW for SURE you can purchase your tickets at the main bus DEPOTS (San Jose and Managua) for $7.
I'm not sure about the banks but SOME people were initially reporting having to pay additional fees for doing it at the bank - ahhh Costa Rica.
STOP THE PRESSES!!
Of course EVERYTHING we were told originally about the new $5 Land Exit Tax has CHANGED!!
So NOW (without ANY official notice I can find [hell - there's not even anything on the Hacienda/tax man's website about this])
INSTEAD of it being a new $5 LAND EXIT TAX (for those exiting Costa Rica by land to Nicaragua or Panama)
$2 that Aduana•Customs gets!!!
Making what you now pay to exit Costa Rica
This tax effects people EXITING Costa Rica by LAND
(going to Nicaragua or Panama)
I'll know tomorrow what's actually going on at the border with the machines!!!
We now have more options till they get the atm's up at the border (which to ME - waiting to get it at the border seems like it will be a NIGHTMARE wait!!):
BUSES taking you to Nicaragua and Panama
If you're taking a bus - the EASIEST•most logical to me would be FROM the BUS COMPANIES that provide transportation over the borders to Nicaragua
(TransNica - 2-223-4123 • TicaBus - 2-291-1193-NEW NUMBER**** • Central Line - 2-248-9929 • NicaExpress - ???), Panama (TicaBus).
Banco Crédito Agrícola
BanCrédito call center with English-speaking agents - 2-550-5060
BRANCHES ONLY in:
Curridabat • Desamparados • Escazu • Guadalupe • Pavas (Aeropuerto Tobias Bolanos) • Perez Zeledon • San Jose (Parque Central) • Santa Ana • Uruca • Zapote
Click here for a list of their addresses:
They seem to have lots more branches in more out of the way places
(again - make sure to put the www. first)
ALL Immigration•MIGRACION Administration facilities
MAIN OFFICE: La Uruca.
PLUS: Heredia, Cartago, Curridabat, San Pedro, Correo Central, Zapote, Desamparados, Tibás, Guadalupe, Santa Ana, Escazu, Alajuela, Pavas, La Cruz, Cañas, Guatuso, Ciudad Quesada, Cóbano, Puerto Viejo en Talamanca, Guápiles and Ciudad Neilly
LIST OF OFFICES:
SELECT TRAVEL AGENCIES
3 Monkeys Tour - Filadelfia, Guanacaste - 2-667-4012
Cast Corp. - Escazu - 2-228-1470
CATOURS - Sabana Oeste - 2-291-2161
Coopealianza - Ciudad Neily - 2-783-5785
Coopealianza - La Cruz, Guanacaste - 2-679-8310
Coopealianza - Liberia, Guanacaste - 2-666-9284
Coopealianza - Sabalito - 2-783-5829
Daily Tours - Plaza Mayor-Rohrmoser - 2-291-8989
Excursiones Marvi - Hatillo - 2-214-2828
ItaliaBella Travel - 2-228-7010
Libería y Bazar María José - Sixaola - 2-754-2204
New World Quality - 2-256-5383
Papagayo - Liberia - 2-667-0422
Servicios Turisticos Ecológicos - Heredia - 2-262-3424
Servicos Rápidos de Viajes FAST - San José.
Suerte Tour Pura Vida - 2-654-5293
Swiss Travel Agency - San José, Ciudad Colón and Guanacaste - 2-282-4898
TAM in Los Yoses
Viajes Colón Agencia de Viajes Cactus (Heredia) - 2-261-7942
Viajes Colón Agencia de Viajes Colón - 2-547-2525
Viajes Colón Agencia de Viajes Faytur - Grecia - 2-494-7878
Viajes Colón Viajes Ejecutivos Mundiales in San José
Viajes Nacionales Isla Bonita - San José Downtown - 2-257-0505
WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS?
The head of Hacienda•Tributación says the money will go toward improving the country’s land border crossings and the +$2 is to help pay off the 2 scanners at the border entrance (for the Aduana•Customs)
Hacienda (aka the Dirección General de Tributación) though so far there has been NO mention of ANY of it that I've found and even their website that mentioned it from a few days ago ONLY spoke of the $5. Oui!!!
AMCostaRica.com - November 26, 2013
The country's tax authority says that it will begin collecting a $5 land exit tax Monday.
The agency also said that no one at the border crossings has the power to accept such payments, so travelers must pay their tax beforehand.
The agency, the Dirección General de Tributación, said Tuesday it had entered into an agreement with Banco Crédito Agrícola to handle the money the same way that the bank handles the airport exit tax. Within two weeks, the bank is supposed to have automatic machines to collect the tax from credit and debit cards and give receipts at Paso Canoas, Río Sereno-Sabalito, Sixaola and Peñas Blancas. These are the major crossings.
The exit tax can be paid ahead of time at branches of Coopealianza as well as the Banco Crédito Agrícola, said the ministry. Tour companies, travel agencies and some transport companies also will be selling the exit tax proof.
There will be a flood of Nicaraguans going to their country over Christmas, and the ministry is sure to rake in plenty of money. However, the agency said that anyone not having proof of payment of the tax will be denied exit.
Immigration agents are supposed to verify online the validity of any receipts showing the tax has been paid, said Tributación. Then there is supposed to be a system to prevent reuse of the payment slip. The tax can be paid in dollars or colons at the existing exchange rate. The money is supposed to be used to fix up the exit facilities.
Diplomats, truck drivers and bus drivers are exempt from the tax, said the agency.
The tax passed the legislature in July, but putting the levy into practice required the drafting of regulations.
Initially the tax was going to apply to cruise ship passengers arriving and leaving by boat. There also was talk of increasing the airport exit tax.
Please "SHARE" my page with everyone you know that may be doing a border crossing from Costa Rica in the future: