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posted 3 months ago
Travelling with cash in hand
I’m traveling to Panama and need to take more than $10,000 in cash. I filled out a fin cen 105 on line. Do I need to do anything else. Is there a problem on the Panama side
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posted 3 months ago
When you are traveling with more than $10,000 in cash, it's crucial to comply with both U.S. and Panama regulations to ensure a smooth entry and avoid any legal issues. Here are the general steps you should take: 1. **FinCEN Form 105:** - Filling out the FinCEN Form 105 is an essential step, and you've already taken the right initiative by doing it online. This form declares the transportation of currency or monetary instruments over $10,000. 2. **Declaration at U.S. Customs:** - Upon departing the United States, you must declare the amount of currency you are carrying to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Failure to declare the full amount may result in civil and criminal penalties. 3. **Panamanian Customs and Regulations:** - Panama has its own regulations regarding the importation of currency. It's recommended to check with the Panamanian authorities or the Embassy of Panama to ensure compliance with their specific requirements. 4. **Documentation:** - Keep copies of all relevant documentation, including the FinCEN Form 105 and any receipts, as you may be required to present them during your travels. 5. **Be Transparent:** - When entering Panama, be transparent with customs officials. If asked, declare the amount of currency you are carrying, and provide any necessary documentation. 6. **Potential Issues:** - While carrying large amounts of cash is generally legal, it may attract attention from authorities, and there is always a risk of theft. Consider alternative methods such as traveler's checks, prepaid cards, or electronic transfers for larger sums. 7. **Contact Financial Institutions:** - Inform your bank about your travel plans, especially if you plan to use credit/debit cards abroad. Some banks may freeze accounts or cards if they detect unusual activity.