Good morning everyone, greetings from the beautiful Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel. Over the last week, I traveled from Bolivia, to Guatemala, to El Salvador and I am flying to Nicaragua tonight. During this trip, the one thing I noticed is that every country has a different process for immigration, customs, and filling out the custom form. Some airports only require a custom form on arrival, some require custom forms on arrival and departure, some require visas, and some require a small cash payment. But no matter what the process is, you always need to fill out a custom form.
In general, when you board your flight departing from one country and heading to another country, the airline will pass out custom forms before takeoff. I always like to fill out the custom form as soon as possible before we take off. It’s much easier to fill out the custom form before the plane takes off (bumpy turbulence makes writing legibly a challenge) and I hate waiting until the last minute and rushing to get the custom form filled out before departing the plane.
As an observation, during the last few flights, passengers asked the flight attendants for pens so that they could fill out the custom form. Usually, the flight attendants only has a few pens available, so I highly recommend you bring a pen (or two) with you when you travel. You can also take a pen from the hotel that you are staying at and any basic black or blue pen will get the job done.
If you are feeling nice on your flight, you can share your pen(s) with the passengers near you who forgot to bring their own. It’s a small piece of advice that will make your travel more enjoyable and less stressful. Do you travel with a pen? Do you have any other simple pieces of advice that you want to share? Have a great day everyone.
Here are all parts of my Central / South America trip:
- Adios Amigos! I’m Traveling Around Central / South America (LPB, UYU, GUA, SAL, MGA & LIR)
- PSA / Tip: Always Bring a Pen When You Travel
- Riding the Cable Cars (Mi Teleférico) Around La Paz, Bolivia for Under $3
- Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia’s Magical, Mirror-like Salt Flat Oasis (2018 Dakar Rally & Crazy Photos)
- PSA: Check Existing Airline Confirmations for Cancelled Flights a Few Days Before Travel
- Hotel Review: Courtyard Marriott Guatemala City & Amazing Guatemalan Restaurant Nearby (Casa Chapina)
- Visit the Amazing (93 Years Young) Guatemala City Zoo for $5
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel (Great Location, Lounge & Breakfast)
- Day Trip: San Salvador Volcano & Restaurant La Pupusa Loka
- PSA: Get Yellow Fever Vaccine Before Visiting Nicaragua (& Some Other Central / South American Countries)
- My Incredible 14 Seat Cessna Flight from San Jose (SJO) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
- Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 1: The Resort is Beautiful
- Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 2: The Room was Great
- Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 3: The Food is Expensive, but Delicious