Panama is a country located in Central America. There are 2 countries (Colombia, Costa Rica) that Panama shares its borders with. The official language of Panama is Spanish. Traveling across Panama if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.
In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Panama was ranked 73rd out of 100 countries in 2021.
The national currency in Panama is Panamanian balboa (PAB). The balboa (B/) is subdivided into 100 centésimo.
With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 1.05 PAB and 1 USD is worth 1 PAB.
Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.
Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Panama is 206.82 Mbps and mobile is 24.1 Mbs.The global average is 164.00 Mbps and 114.16 Mbps respectively.
ATM Density Panama has more ATMs than most other countries.72.71 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.
SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Panama without having to register it with your ID or passport.
There are 2 socket types used in Panama. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.
The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).
In the year 2023, Panama will celebrate 13 national public holidays. The next one Separation Day will take place on November 3.
|January 1, 2023||New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day|
|January 9, 2023||Martyr’s DayMartyr’s Day|
|February 20, 2023Moving holiday||CarnivalCarnival|
|February 21, 2023Moving holiday||CarnivalCarnival|
|April 7, 2023Moving holiday||Good FridayGood Friday|
|May 1, 2023||Labour DayLabour Day|
|November 3, 2023||Separation DaySeparation Day|
|November 4, 2023||Flag DayFlag Day|
|November 5, 2023||Colon DayColón Day|
|November 10, 2023||Shout in Villa de los SantosShout in Villa de los Santos|
|November 28, 2023||Independence DayIndependence Day|
|December 8, 2023||Mothers’ DayMothers’ Day|
|December 25, 2023||Christmas DayChristmas Day|
What hotel chains are present in Panama?
There are Mariott hotels in Panama City.
The Hilton hotel chain operates in Panama.
The IHG hotel chain operates in Panama.
What fast food chains are present in Panama?
The McDonald’s chain operates in Panama.
The KFC chain operates in Panama.
The Burger King chain does not operate in Panama.
What is the weather like in Panama City?
Weather data for Panama City (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com
Railways There are no passenger trains available.
Subway Systems The subway system is available in Panama City.
Emergency phones in Panama
Smoking & Alcohol
Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.
Cananbis legality Recreational usage is prohibited, but medical use is legal.