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Panama is the southernmost country in Central America. Situated on an isthmus, it connects the Americas, and is bordered by Costa Rica to the north-west and Colombia to the south-east. Panama enjoys a rich Pre-Columbian heritage of native populations whose presence stretched back over 11,000 years. The country is best known for the US-built Panama Canal ...Show More
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On Your Panama Tour

Passport Requirements for Panama Tours

American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Panama.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for Panama Tours

Both Canadian and American citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. This may be different for citizens of other countries. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Panama for the most up- to-date information.

For more visa information please visit:

America: www.travisa.com

Canada: www.travisa.ca

Insurance Recommendations for Panama Tours

Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended. Medical facilities within Panama City are very good, but outside of the capitol they are limited. Insurance can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies as well as lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill.

Vaccination Requirements for Panama Tours

No vaccinations are currently required to enter Panama, although it is strongly recommended to vaccinate against Malaria and Yellow Fever if visiting rural areas.

It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Malaria
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid

For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:

World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.

Medication Requirements for Panama Tours

If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

Other recommended Items:

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, sunglasses
  • Insect repellent with a high concentration of DEET (at least 30 percent)
  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol. Also, re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness

Weather, Seasons and Climate in Panama

Due to its proximity to the equator, the temperature in Panama varies little throughout the year. Temperatures are uniformly high, as is the humidity. Temperatures are generally between 24 °C and 29 °C during the day. In the higher mountain regions, temperatures are cooler and frosts will occur occasionally. The rainy season lasts from May through to November.

For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.

Clothing and Essential Items for Panama Travel

Suggested items to pack:

  • Quick-drying shirts, shorts and hiking trousers (zip-off trousers are highly recommended)
  • Waterproof windbreaker, long trousers & long-sleeved tops for the rainforest
  • Bathing suit and small towel
  • Comfortable clothes for hanging out in the evenings
  • A good set of earplugs (dogs, monkeys, buses, neighbors, etc.) can be invaluable!
  • Flashlight/Torch, Watch/Alarm clock
  • Plastic bags, good for keeping valuables dry in the rainy season
  • Binoculars if you are interested in the local wildlife—especially birds
  • Hiking poles if you will be doing a lot of hiking
  • Small umbrella if visiting during the rainy season

Photographers: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery, charger and dust-resistant case.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in Panama

Electricity: Electricity in Panama is provided at 110V/50Hz, using the same outlets as the US. If you are using a Canadian or American appliance, you should not need an adapter.

Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company if there are roaming agreements before your departure.

Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels with good connections and speed.

Currency in Panama

The official currency of Panama is the Balboa, although USD is also accepted throughout Panama and is the preferred currency in the country. ATMs are available in most cities but it is still best to carry alternative forms of payment as not all accept international cards. For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com

Quick Facts for a Panama Tour

Capital: Panama City

Language: Spanish, English

Currency: Panamanian Balboa and US Dollar

Religion: Roman Catholic

Time Zone: UTC -5

Electricity: 120V/60Hz

Telephone: Country code for calling Panama is +507

Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number

Emergency numbers in Panama: Police: 104, Medical Emergency Services: 103, Firemen: 103, General emergency number: 102

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Beth D., June 1, 2018
"Couldnt have been more perfect!"
Robert H., May 9, 2018
"A superb trip from beginning to end. "
Karen P., May 9, 2018
"Best Trip Ever!"
Robert Z., October 7, 2017
"Sarah Roberts was fantastic, very available and responsive."
Natalie D., October 4, 2017
"The trip was amazing."