Before you go

Are vaccinations required before travelling to Panama?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Panama are available from the NHS website

Is it safe to travel to Panama?

For up to date information around safety and security in Panama read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Panama.

Best time to visit Panama?

Best time to visit Panama. Panama experiences a dry and wet season and the best time to visit the country is during the short dry season, which falls between December and March. At other times of year rain is likely most days.

Do I need a visa to enter Panama?

British nationals don't need a visa to visit Panama except if arriving by sea. You must have a return or onward ticket and the equivalent of US$500 or a credit card.When transiting the Panama Canal, if you disembark the ship, your passport will be stamped by the immigration authorities.

What currency do i need in Panama?

The official currency of Panama is the Balboa.

While visiting Panama

What wild animals live in Panama?

The jungle canopy is home to two-toed sloths, marmosets and capuchins along with howler, squirrel and spider monkeys. Geoffroy's tamarin, a black and white primate, lives only in Panama and Colombia.

What is the traditional food in Panama?

Panama's national dish is a chicken stew called Sancocho. Chicken and vegetable soup and is one of the most typical dishes in Panama. It's said to be a great hangover cure! Savory pastries (empanadas) – Deep fried, savory corn or flour pastries, with meat and a boiled egg stuffed inside.

What Languages are spoken in Panama?

Spanish is the official language, but other languages are spoken in pockets aroundPanama. The country's seven indigenous groups speak a variety of dialects of Wounaan, Teribe, Emberá, Kuna, and Ngöbe-Buglé (Guayamí), the latter two being the most common given that they are the largest indigenous communities in Panama.

How much do you tip in Panama?

The currency in Panama is the Balboa. Bellhops and maids expect tips only in more expensive hotels, and $1–$2 per bag is the norm. You should also give a tip of up to $10 per day to tour guides.

Where can I find a local travel expert for Panama?

Local Panama travel experts are available.

Useful Numbers

Emergency Panama Numbers?

  • Police: 911
  • Ambulance: 911
  • Fire: 911
  • Embassy: +507 297-6550

    Time Difference

    What is the time difference in Panama?

    The time difference is -5 hours

    Travel Apps

    What is the best travel app for Panama?

    Panama Guidebook

    Best Panama guidebook?

    Stay informed before during and after your trip to Panama with this Panama Guidebook .