Panama destination information

All you need to know before visiting Panama

Panama summary

Panama is a small country with around 4M Panamanian. Official language is Spanish. Panama uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC-05:00. Currency used in Panama is Balboa (PAB).

🎫 Border Rank #️⃣ 46
🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 68

ATMs in Panama are Very common. Internet speed in Panama is on average 3.8 Mbps. In Panama you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

🏙️ Panama City
🗣️ Spanish
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 4M ☀️ ~25 °C 🌧 ~218 mm 👍 Developing 🚩 75k km2 (29k mi²)
🎫 Visa Exemption
🗺️ Passport Strength
🏥 Health regulation
🛃 Customs rules
🏛️ Embassies


Socket 🔌

Panama uses 120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.

Languages 🗣️

  • Spanish


Currency 💱

1 PAB = 1 USD

Panama uses the United States dollar (symbol: $), code USD.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollars. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 1 dollar and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

ATM 🏧🏦

Very common

Automatic teller machines are very common in Panama. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Not expected, but can leave extra tip

Tipping is usually not expected in Panama. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip.

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

Panama uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in Panama upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

Police :

911, +592-225-8196

Ambulance :


Fire department :

912, +592-226-2411

Calling ☎️


To call Panama, dial +, then 507 (the country code for Panama), then the area code and the local number.


For local calls within Panama, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 7 .

international: + 507 7 1234567
calling local: 7 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in Panama is on average 3.8 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in Panama is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about $19.95, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: +móvil (by Cables & Wireless), Claro, Digicel or Movistar.


Rules 🚗

In Panama you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Limits 🚦

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on undivided highways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways and 25-30 km/h (15-18 mph) in all built-up areas.


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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Panamanian embassies

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