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Panama is a marvelous country to visit. The Panama Canal links the Atlantic Ocean through the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
With modern skylines, magnificent beaches, and scenic views, Panama has many exhilarating and entertaining activities. You can experience Carnival in spring or shopping in the Casco Viejo area. There are ballets, opera, and weekly concerts held by the National Theater. From taking a boat through the tropical rainforest to bird watching in one of the national parks, Panama has something for everyone.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Panama. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Panama: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Dengue and Zika have been found in Panama. Make sure you’re protected with mosquito repellents and netting. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should consider avoiding travel to Panama.
While yellow fever is not present in Panama, proof of vaccination may be required if entering from a country with the virus. Consider vaccination if traveling to or from South America through Panama.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
A passport is required for entry to Panama. A visa is only needed for stay up to 180 days.
Proof of a return ticket and proof of at least $500 in cash or a bank account may be required.
Panama does reserve the right to deny entry to anyone with a previous criminal conviction.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Panama has a tropical maritime climate with its rainy season being May to December and its dry season only lasting January to May. No matter what elevation you’re at in the country, the temperature doesn’t fluctuate much despite the two distinct seasons. Here is what you can expect from a few major cities in Panama:
Due to crime in remote areas, traveling outside cities can be dangerous. In the Darien region there have been reports of narcotic traffickers and smuggler operations. A similar situation happens along the coastline of the Caribbean.
If you’re planning on driving, don’t keep valuables in your vehicle and make sure it’s locked at all times. If you’re going to use taxis remember that regular taxis are yellow in color and that the taxis in Panama don’t use meters. You’ll need to set a fare with the driver before you get into the taxi.
If you’re out and about and there’s a demonstration, take precaution and avoid the area.
Stay alert about your surroundings and be smart with your travel plans, this will help you stay safe and enjoy Panama and all it has to offer.
The guided tours through Monkey Island will give you a chance to see a variety of monkey species in one place.
There are several tours that operate all around Gatun Lake and the Panama Canal. Not only can you interact with monkeys, but to get there you’ll go on a boat ride on the Chagres River.
You’ll be able to have close contact with white-faced capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys and Geoffrey’s tamarin monkeys. This guided tour is perfect for all ages. You can opt for a morning or afternoon trip and it’s a great way to experience wildlife in Panama. After the tour you’ll take a return boat ride back to the Gamboa Marina and then off to the hotel. It’s a great chance to experience Panama’s rainforest and wildlife.
Depending on where you’re visiting in Panama consider packing the following items:
The U.S. Department of State recommends enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before travel. If you need any assistance during your time in Panama contact the U.S. Embassy in Clayton, Panama.
U.S. Embassy Panama
Avenida Demetrio Basilio Lakas,
Telephone: +(507) 317-5000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(507) 317-5000
Fax: +(507) 317-5278
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