Panama FAQ

We have answered the most common Panama FAQ below. However, if you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 1-888-268-9753 or email us at

When is the best time to travel to Panama?

The best time to travel to Panama is during the Dry Season from December to April.

What are the best places to visit in Panama?

The the best places to visit in Panama are Bocas del Toro, Boquete, El Valle de Anton, Panama City, and the San Blas Islands.

What is the time zone in Panama City?

There is one time zone in Panama City (Eastern Standard Time UTC-5). There are no daylight savings time changes. Eastern Standard Time in the US, for example, is either UTC-5 or UTC-4, depending upon daylight savings time.

How long is the flight from Miami to Panama City?

The flight from Miami to Panama City takes 2 hours 50 minutes.

How do I plan a trip to Panama?

The best way to plan a trip to Panama is to tell us what trip you want, when you want to travel, the number of passengers, and where you want to depart from. For an existing trip, you can either call us or complete the “Get Pricing Now” form on the itinerary page. If you want a personalized tour, you can either call us, email us, or complete the “Contact Us” form on our website.

Do you have flexible departure dates?

Yes. Our clients choose their own departure dates, unless there is a cruise involved. In that case, we defer to the departure date of the ship.

Are meals included?

All meals are listed on each itinerary as (B,L,D Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). Breakfast is included daily. The other meals are either included or not, depending upon the itinerary.

Is airfare included?

We do not include airfare in the cost of our tours. We do, however, quote it for you and you can purchase it through us if you like. The cost of our airfare is usually the same or lower than what you can purchase yourself.

What are the passport/visa requirements for American and other citizens traveling to Panama?

U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Panamanian embassy in their country before traveling.

What vaccinations are required for travel to Panama?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website provides recommended and/or required vaccinations for each country. For Panama, it recommends that you should be up-to-date with routine vaccines such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and that you get your yearly flu shot. It also recommends that you get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid, and Hepatitis B, depending upon your travel plans. Since rabies can be found in bats and other mammals in Panama, rabies vaccine is recommended if you will be involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put you at risk for animal bites, such as adventure travel and caving. It recommends yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling to all mainland territories east of the Canal Zone, including the autonomous territories of Embera and Kuna Yala, the entire province of Darien, and areas of the Provinces of Colon and Panama. It is not recommended for travelers whose itineraries are limited to areas west of the Canal Zone, the Canal Zone itself, Panama City, and the San Blas Islands. The government of Panama requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. You should see a health-care provider at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect.

There is a relatively low risk of malaria for travel to Panama. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling.

Do you recommend Travel Insurance?

Yes, we recommend travel insurance and strongly believe that you should be protected in the event that something unforeseen happens either before or during your trip. We work with Allianz Travel Insurance, AIG (Travel Guard Travel Insurance), and Travelex Insurance Services. **A Travelex plan can provide coverage for trip cancellation if you or a traveling companion test positive for coronavirus and must physically quarantine as a result, as certified by a physician.

Can I use my cell phone?

You will need to check with your cell phone carrier prior to traveling, since every carrier is different.

What are the standard wall currents and electrical socket shapes in Panama?

Voltage: 110 V; Frequency: 60 HZ; Plugs: Type A (Flat blade attachment plug), Type B (Flat blades with round grounding pin). Travelers will require plug adapters.

When is Independence Day celebrated in Panama?

Independence Day is celebrated on November 28.

What is the main language?

The main language in Panama is Spanish.

What is the main religion?

The main religion in Panama is Catholicism.

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