Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Panama are available from the NHS website
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. 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.
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.
The official currency of Panama is the Balboa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local Panama travel experts are available.
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What is the time difference in Panama?
The time difference is -5 hours
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Stay informed before during and after your trip to Panama with this Panama Guidebook .