Useful information

Entry and visa requirements

Citizens from the following countries do not need a visa to Panama: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay y Uruguay.

Citizens from the following countries need a visa or tourist card to Panama: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Granada, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, United States and Venezuela. Tourist cards can be bought for USD 5.00 before boarding the plane at the airline ticket counter or at the Immigration Office at Tocumen International Airport after you have arrived in Panama. Tourist Cards are valid for 30 days however you can get a two-month extension at the Immigration and Naturalization Head Office in Panama City.

Citizens from the following countries need a stamped visa to Panama: Cuba, Dominican Republica, Ecuador, Haiti, Peru and Surinam. The Authorise Tourist Visa is requested either through the closest Panamanian Consulate or Embassy or through a Panamanian lawyer or law firm. Approval, once granted, is faxed to the closest consulate where the consulate issues the Authorised Visa directly into the applicant's passport.

More information on these links: Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá y Servicio Nacional de Migración.


APanama’s excellent location in the middle of the Americans, contributes to a wide range of option to get to Panama. From any city in North and South America it is possible to reach Panama in a few hours. Additionally, a wide range of alternate airlines travel to Panama. The following are official airlines for travel to Panama: Copa Airlines (national), American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Aires, Avianca, Taca Airlines, Lloyid Areo Boliviano, Iberia, Continental Airlines, KLM, Aero Republica, Costarican Airlines, Mexicana de Aviacion, Rapsa Venezolana, Santa Barbara and Spirit Airlines.

For the comfort and security of those attending the II Cooperative Summit of the Americas, we offer the service of the Panamanian company Pesantez Tour. We recommend booking your transportation in advance.

For transportation from the Tocumen Airport/ Riu Hotel in Panama city or thereabouts
Price for one person: USD 30.00
Price for a minimum of two people: USD 15.00
Contact Information:
Pesantez Tours
Address 0831-00716 Paitilla Panamá, Rep. de Panamá
Phone: (507) 223-5374
For questions and information email:

Tourist Insurance

In Panama we'll take care of you as if you were at home, arranging Medical Plans whit suitable physicians along whit the best medical treatments at an affordable cost for you. We understand the value of your time spent in Panama, that's why we choose places and costumize your travel program to simply make of your stay a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, along whit a full friendly service.

Please show passport at the medical center. The medical emergency will be covered by the Tourism Authority of Panama, if it occurs within the first 30 days of insurance of Panama entry stamp.

Limitations and Exclusions: Pre-existing medical conditions (including pregnancy); nature's phenomenon, extreme sports, suicide; attempt of suicide, insured's participation in crime or other offenses; beneficiaries falling to fulfill the Republic of Panama's migratory laws; accidents, under illegal drugs effects or proven drunkenness, or if accident is caused on account of the insured's fault or serious negligence; situations provoked, caused or produced because of hostilities, actions or was operations or foreign enemy invasion (being the war declared or not) or of civil war, revolution, rebellion, insurrection or other incidents or offenses against the country's internal security or terrorism, insured's participation in crimes or other offenses; death caused by accident on commercial (covered according to the Dirección de Aeronáutica Civil) or private aircraft; loss, material or moral damage and/or loss or profits.

For more information or immediate assistance call: 204-9300/800-2312.

Remember to ask for the insurance at the migratory desk.

Other useful information

Languages: Spanish is the official language but most Panamanians speak English fluently

Currency: The currency is the Balboa (B/.) which has the same value as the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar is legal tender in Panama by a 1904 agreement between the two countries. Panama does not print bank notes but only mints its own coins. Panamanian coins are 50c, 25c, 10c, 5c and one cent.

Climate: Panama has a tropical climate with temperatures around 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit (about 25 - 30 degrees Celsius). There are two seasons: the dry season with a bright sun from December to April and the rainy season from May to November. You can also enjoy temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees Celsius in the highlands of the Province of Chiriqui close to the border with Costa Rica as well as in the Valley of Anton and Cerro Azul at one hour and a half and 40 minutes from downtown Panama City respectively.

Taxes: All purchases are required to pay a 7% Tax on the Transfer of Movable Property (ITBM), except medicines, uncooked food and school supplies. All services also pay a 7% tax, except medical and educational services.

Tips: As in many other countries, in Panama it is customary to leave a tip from 10% to 15% of the total bill.

Commerce: They are generally open from 9:00 a.m. to 6: 00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. Some open on Sundays.

Electricity: 110 volts 60 cycles.

Driving License: The visitors can drive up to 90 days with foreign license.

Panama interactive map.



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