Travel Information Panama
- FLAG 🇵🇦
- CAPITAL Panama City
- GOVERNMENT Republic
- CURRENCY US dollar ($, USD; banknotes only) Panamanian Balboa (PAB; coins only)
- POPULATION 3,039,150 (July 2006 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 78,200km²
- LANGUAGES Spanish (official), English
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC-05:00
- LOCATION Located in Central America
Most popular cities in Panama
- Panama City — The capital with 3 districts of interest: the new city, the old city, and the ruins of the original colonial city.
- Balboa — Tucked between Panama City proper and the canal.
- Boquete — Adventure capital with whitewater rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, as well as the coffee growing capital of Panama in the Chiriquí highlands, home to Volcan Baru, the highest point in the country.
- Boca Chica, Panama — Small fishing village in the Gulf of Chiriquí, featuring gorgeous islands, snorkeling, and deep sea sport fishing.
- Colón — Port town for cruise ships, a bit dangerous of a town on the Caribbean side.
- Coronado, Panama — A coastal town near Panama City and the first resort community established in Panama.
- Cristobal — The actual port for Colón.
- David — The largest city in the Chiriqui Province, located on the Pan-American and serves as a transit point between Panama City, Boquete, Bocas del Toro, and Costa Rica.
- Portobelo — Historic Spanish forts, boats to Colombia, and dive centers.
- Santiago — located right in the middle of the country, great for stopping over, resupplying and daytrips in the area.
Sockets & Plugs
Panama uses 120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
Panama uses the United States dollar (symbol: $), code USD.
Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollars. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 1 dollars and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are very common in Panama. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc. You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Not expected, but you can leave an extra tip
Tipping is usually not expected. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip.
Internet speed is on average 3.8 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Panama is moderate. It’s relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about $19.95, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Cables and Wireless, Digicel, Claro or Movistar.
Panama uses GSM mobile networks GSM 1900, GSM 1800 and GSM 850.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Panama upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Panama, dial +, then 507 (the country code for Panama), then the area code and the local number.
Moderate crime rate
Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pick pocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
The right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on undivided highways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways and 25-30 km/h (15-18 mph) in all built-up areas.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are legal.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
- Police 104
- Fire 103
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
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