Here you will find important tips and useful information for Panama.
in US Dollars (USD)
For ATM cash withdrawals
For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
in US Dollars (USD)
For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
Local currency / ISO Code
US Dollar USD
Currency exchange rate
USD 1 = ~ CHF 0.99 ; CHF 1 = ~ USD 1.01 (07/2020)
Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.
The Travel Mastercard card is accepted at major hotels and restaurant
Credit cards accepted in large cities. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.
Panama City, Calle 52E, Edificio Simplex No. 14, Bella Vista y Via Federico Boyd
Tel. +507 395 99 22
- 6 h / - 7 h during our summer time
Panamá (Ciudad de Panamá)
00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)
110/120 volt / adapter required
Passport still valid 6 months or more after end of stay, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
Exit permit required for stays exceeding 1 month (to be requested at the Direcciòn de Migracion).
8.00 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)
8.00 - 19.00 h (Mon - Sat)
10.00 - 19.00 h (Sun)
Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals.
International driver's licence recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 23 to 25 (varies by company).
Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of dengue fever.
Minimum risk of malaria.
Vaccination against yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.
Travel to the province Darién at the border to Colombia not advised.
Nighttime travel not advised. Inquire locally about safety in those areas to which you intend to travel.
Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.
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