Frequently Asked Questions

If I attend the Business Development Conference in Bogota and do the mission stop in Panama City, does this count as two mission stops?

No, this would only count as one mission stop. A mission stop is determined by where you have business-to-business meetings.

Can I follow a different order for the mission stops than what is on the itinerary?

No, you must follow the established itinerary.

Do I need a visa(s)?

  • Colombia: No visa for travel under 60 days
  • Panama: No visa for travel under 180 days
  • Ecuador: No visa for travel under 90 days.
  • Peru: No visa for travel under 90 days.
  • Chile: No visa for travel under 90 days (A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment of a reciprocity fee, currently US$160. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card.)

What are the time differences from the United States?

From Eastern Standard Time (EST) most of the countries are one hour behind:

  • EST - 1 hour
  • EST - 1 hour
  • EST - 1 hour
  • EST - 1 hour
  • EST +/- 0 hours

What are the currency conversion rates between the USD and the countries on the itinerary? (as of Nov 6, 2013)

The rates vary. See the chart below.

  • 1USD = 1,918 COP (Colombian Peso)
  • 1USD = 1 USD (US Dollar)
  • 1USD = 1 USD (US Dollar)
  • 1USD = 2.79 PEN (Peruvian Nuevo Sol)
  • 1USD = 515.20 CLP (Chilean Peso)

How long are the flights from Colombia to the other stops on the itinerary?

The flights range from one hour to 6 hours. See below.

  • Panama City: 1 hr 40 mins
  • Quito: 1 hr 40 mins
  • Lima: 3 hours
  • Santiago: 6 hours

My company has some manufacturing outside of the US; can I participate in Trade Winds?

As long as your products have at least 51% U.S. content you are eligible to participate.



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