Capital Panama City
Surface 75.517 km2
Population 3.292.693 (July 2008)
Religion Roman Catholic
Form of government Republic
Weather and climate Tropical climate
Dry season from January to May. Rainy season from June to December. Average temperature over 30 degrees.
January 1 New Year’s Day - Año Nuevo
January 9 All Soul’s Day - Dia de los Muertos
(starting on Good Friday and ends on Easter Monday)
November 4 Flag day
Panama is hot! The country is up and coming and of course already famous for the Canal, but you can also find hundreds of bounty islands in the San Blas archipelago and meet the local inhabitants; the Kuna Yala Indians, relax on one of the islands of Bocas del Toro enjoy the typical Caribbean atmosphere or explore the beaches along the Pacific on horseback.
The currency in Panama is the Balboa, which is equal to the U.S. Dollar and interchangeable. Therefore you can also use USD notes. Almost everywhere you can withdraw USD and Balboa. Small notes of 1, 5, 10 and 20 USB are the most practical, especially in remote areas such as the San Blas islands. More information about withdrawing money in Panama can you find at www.mastercard.com/atm.
A Visa or MasterCard can be used to pay some excursions and in the more expensive restaurants. Please note that Visa is more accepted than MasterCard.
European travelers do not need to purchase a visa before departure. Please note that your passport needs to be valid at least for 6 months from the date of return. People with passports from the USA ans Canada do need a visa to enter Panama. The tourist card takes the place of a conventional visa. One can be purchased at the departure airport terminal or in Panama at the Immigration area for $5.00. The Tourist card is good for 30 days and there are provisions to apply for a 60-day extension at the sole discretion of the immigration authorities. Please check the this website for a complete list of countries that do need a visa.