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Panama at a glance

Passport and visa requirements
Beginning December 31, 2006, a valid passport will required for U.S. citizens to enter or leave Panama. Until then, it is advisable to have one anyway to avoid delays. Panamanian law requires all persons, whether visitor or resident, to carry official identification documents at all times. It is the passenger's responsibility to check with local immigration offices or the Panamanian consulate prior to departure for current entrance requirements. For more information see www.passportexpress.com or www.embassyofpanama.org
Immunizations
The following vaccinations are recommended when visiting any area of Panama:
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies depending on the itinerary
  • A prescription anti-malarial medication is recommended in the rural areas.
  • Yellow Fever is required if traveling to certain lowland areas of Panama or if arriving from infected area within five days.
  • The Centers for Disease Control provides immunization information for travel in Latin America. www.cdc.gov
Customs
Entry Before traveling to Panama, visitors must obtain a tourist card from their international air carrier or the Panamanian Embassy at a cost of $6US. It is good for a 90-day stay and may be extended.
Exit Travelers leaving Panama pay a $20US departure tax.
Exchanging currency
The Balboa is the official currency of Panama and is equivalent to the US dollar. US dollars are widely accepted. ATM machines are becoming increasingly available, and credit cards may be used in most hotels and restaurants in major cities. Traveler's Checks are rarely accepted. Currency exchange establishments are found at the international airport and Panama City, but there are few elsewhere. Travelers are advised to carry bills of $20US denomination or smaller.
Using electricity
Like the United States, most electrical outlets in Panama run on 110 volts and 60 cycles. In more remote areas some are 220 volts so travelers should bring a voltage transformer for American-made appliances. Plugs are two-prong so plug adaptors are only needed for any appliances that have 3 prongs. For video cameras, we suggest packing an extra set of charged batteries.

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