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 1.08 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 210.47 Mbps and mobile is 29.44 Mbs.The global average is 179.65 Mbps and 125.35 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.

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 2024, Panama will celebrate 13 national public holidays. The next one Good Friday will take place on March 29.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
January 9, 2024 Martyr’s DayMartyr’s Day
February 12, 2024Moving holiday CarnivalCarnival
February 13, 2024Moving holiday CarnivalCarnival
March 29, 2024Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
May 1, 2024 Labour DayLabour Day
November 3, 2024 Separation DaySeparation Day
November 4, 2024 Flag DayFlag Day
November 5, 2024 Colon DayColón Day
November 10, 2024 Shout in Villa de los SantosShout in Villa de los Santos
November 28, 2024 Independence DayIndependence Day
December 8, 2024 Mothers’ DayMothers’ Day
December 25, 2024 Christmas DayChristmas Day

Tourism

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?

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

What is the weather like in Panama City?

Today the sun in Panama City, rises at 6:33 AM and sets at 6:28 PM. The climate of Panama City may be categorized as a equatorial monsoon (Am), according to Koppen’s classification system.

SaturdayFeb 24OvercastLow: 24°C (75.2°F)High: 33.3°C (91.94°F)
TodayFeb 25OvercastLow: 24.8°C (76.64°F)High: 32.1°C (89.78°F)
MondayFeb 26OvercastLow: 24.9°C (76.82°F)High: 33.7°C (92.66°F)
TuesdayFeb 27OvercastLow: 23.7°C (74.66°F)High: 33.6°C (92.48°F)
WednesdayFeb 28Partly cloudlyLow: 24.2°C (75.56°F)High: 33.8°C (92.84°F)
ThursdayFeb 29Partly cloudlyLow: 24°C (75.2°F)High: 34.2°C (93.56°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 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

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.

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