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Country Information

Panama

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in US Dollars (USD)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in US Dollars (USD)
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.
  • The Travel Cash Mastercard card is accepted at major hotels and restaurant

Credit cards

  • 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.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
US Dollar USD
Balboa PAB
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
USD 1 =~ CHF 1.03 ; CHF 1 =~ USD 0.97 (09/2019)
Import local currency
unlimited
Import foreign currency
unlimited
Export local currency
unlimited
Export foreign currency
unlimited
Note
  • Import and export of PAB only in coins; USD is the local currency in banknotes.
  • Small amounts (USD 20.–) are better accepted than large amounts.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 6 h / - 7 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Panamá (Ciudad de Panamá)

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110/120 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

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).

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Panama City, Calle 52E, Edificio Simplex No. 14, Bella Vista y Via Federico Boyd
Tel. +507 395 99 22

Opening hours

Banks
8.00 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)
Stores
8.00 - 19.00 h (Mon - Sat)
10.00 - 19.00 h (Sun)

Driving

Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals.
International driver's licence recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 23 to 25 (varies by company).

Health situation

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.

Other information

Security
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.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.