Entry allowed but some restrictions may apply. Test required. Vaccinated are exempted from testing.
Quarantine required for visitors arriving from certain areas. Vaccinated are exempted from quarantine. Find more details on official websites.

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What is the COVID situation in Panama?

+1,758 New COVID cases in Panama
+2 New COVID deaths in Panama
70.63% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on May 23, 2022

Data last reviewed on: 14 October 2021

Basic facts about Panama

Panama is a small country located in Central America. The capital of Panama is Panama City and the most spoken language is Spanish. The national currency in Panama is Panamanian balboa (PAB).

What taxi apps are available in Panama?

If you are not a local, you may have difficulty making the best use of public transportation. Using a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt is unquestionably a better method to go about cities without getting into too much touch with strangers. There may be also other local taxi apps available in Panama.

You can use Uber in 2 cities: David, Panama City. Bolt is not available in Panama.

See the full list of cities where Uber operate.

Practical information

Panamanian balboa (PAB)Official currency
1 EUR~1.07 PAB

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks:, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in Panama?

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. You can go into someone who doesn't comprehend the word that you speak. Learn a few distress phrases, such as aid, emergency, and police, as a precaution, and of course, the most important phrase to know is “Do you speak English?”

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Panama was ranked 56th out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in Panama?

There are 2 common plug types used in Panama:

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).

What countries need visa 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.

What are visa requirements to enter Panama?

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

Data last reviewed on: 14 October 2021

Is it safe in Panama?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On April 20, 2022, the risk level for Panama was changed to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Emergency phones in Panama

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Check travel information also for neighbor countries of Panama:

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