Panama FAQ

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

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.

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.

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

There is a $20 departure tax on international flights (that may be included in the cost of your airline ticket).

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