Capital Panama City

Population 3,814,672

Area 75,417 km2

Key facts

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 0.97 PAB and 1 USD is worth 1 PAB.

Panamanian
Banknotes

$1$5$10$20$50$1002$

Panamanian
Coins

151⁄101⁄41⁄21B/2B/

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 163.45 Mbps and mobile is 24.03 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Panama has more ATMs than most other countries.72.68 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Panama without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

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.

Type A 110 V, 60 Hz  Type B 110 V, 60 Hz  

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).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Panama will celebrate 13 national public holidays. The next one Separation Day will take place on November 3.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayNew Year's Day
January 9, 2022Martyr's DayMartyr's Day
February 28, 2022Moving holidayCarnivalCarnival
March 1, 2022Moving holidayCarnivalCarnival
April 15, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayGood Friday
May 1, 2022Labour DayLabour Day
November 3, 2022Separation DaySeparation Day
November 4, 2022Flag DayFlag Day
November 5, 2022Colon DayColón Day
November 10, 2022Shout in Villa de los SantosShout in Villa de los Santos
November 28, 2022Independence DayIndependence Day
December 8, 2022Mothers' DayMothers' Day
December 25, 2022Christmas DayChristmas Day

Food & Hotels

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.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Panama.

There are Radisson hotels in 2 cities: Colón and Panama City.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Panama.

What fast food chains are present in Panama?

Sancocho de gallina are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Panama. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Panama below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Panama.

The KFC chain operates in Panama.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Panama.

The Subway chain operates in Panama.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Panama.

The Starbucks chain operates in Panama.

Weather

Today the sun in Panama City, rises at 6:05 AM and sets at 6:11 PM. The climate of Panama City may be categorized as a equatorial monsoon (Am), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodaySep 29Rain showersLow: 25°C (77°F)High: 27.8°C (82.04°F)
FridaySep 30ThunderstormLow: 25.2°C (77.36°F)High: 27.9°C (82.22°F)
SaturdayOct 1ThunderstormLow: 25.3°C (77.54°F)High: 28.7°C (83.66°F)
SundayOct 2Rain showersLow: 25°C (77°F)High: 30.9°C (87.62°F)
MondayOct 3ThunderstormLow: 24.9°C (76.82°F)High: 31.7°C (89.06°F)
TuesdayOct 4FogLow: 24.6°C (76.28°F)High: 29.4°C (84.92°F)

Weather data for Panama City (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Panama City.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 2 cities. Bolt is not available in Panama.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Panama.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.3, Panama is placed 85th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Panama traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  242.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 13.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Panama

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Sources

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.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Panama?

Currently, citizens of 120 countries can enter Panama without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Panama.

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