Immigration: The directions and requirements for a Tourist visa applies to
US Citizens Only.
When you first arrive to Panama you will have to pass
through Immigration on your way to baggage claim.
Here you will be required to furnish your
passport and a Tourist Card (90 visa) which must be purchased before you
enter the queue.
Just before the line begins for Immigration you
will see a small wooden desk with an airport personnel selling Tourist
Each card costs $5.00 and grants you a 90 day visa for
your stay in Panama.
You must purchase this card to enter the
Customs operates in the same fashion as other airports
Upon collecting your baggage you will be
required to pass through customs and present the customs form supplied to
you in flight by the airline.
Here you will make any necessary declarations.
For all domestic flights passengers are limited to two
pieces of luggage – one checked bag and one carry on.
The weight limit for the checked bag is 25lbs
and the weight limit for the carry on is 10lbs.
Should your baggage exceed the weight limits
you may be charged a nominal over weight fee.
All persons are required to carry identification while
Visitors are required to carry a passport at
If you are hesitant to carry your passport and
would rather carry a copy, this will suffice; however, the copy
page with your entrance stamp given by immigration when you enter the
Currency/Banks, Credit Cards, and Currency Exchange:
While referred to as the Balboa, the currency of
Panama is the US dollar. US coins are used along with Panamanian coins and
look exactly like American coins except for the imprint. Credit cards are
accepted at hotels, major stores, and most restaurants in Panama City.
Outside Panama City, cash will be necessary. Using your debit card and
PIN, you can withdraw funds from an American bank account in Panama City at
the ATM machines that have "Cirrus" or "Plus" sign on them.
Panama, located between Central and South America at 8.5 degrees latitude
has a tropical climate with weather conditions vary depending upon
elevation, location and season. Temperatures are around 80-90 degrees
Fahrenheit (approximately 25-30 degrees Celsius) and humidity is always
high. There are only two seasons, the “dry season” from November to April
and the “rainy season” from May through October.
Panama is on Eastern Standard Time (EST).
No day light savings is observed.
Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken.
Electricity is 120V / 60 Hz. US electrical items can be used without
adapters. The water is of good quality and is potable throughout the country
with the exceptions of San Blas and Bocas del Toro. Panama has the most
advanced private telecommunications systems in Latin America. It is
inexpensive and convenient; direct-dial calls can be made to any country in
the world. Post offices can be found in almost all cities and towns, and
public telephones are nearly always accessible.
The hotels, in accordance with the law, charge a 10% consumer tax on the
price of the room. In restaurants a 10% service charge is expected. If the
service is excellent, an additional tip is recommended. Tourists must pay an
airport tax of US$20.00 at the airport upon leaving the country.
No vaccinations are required in order to enter Panama.
health services in Panama are very good. Excellent medical facilities,
hospitals and clinics, can be found in all large cities.