• useful information PANAMÁ

    VISAS And PASSPORTS:

     

    You will have to present a passport, which is valid for at least 6 months, as well as round-trip tickets, to enter Panama.

     

    Certain nationalities require visa. You may consult the list at the following URL: http://www.visitpanama.com/

     

    EXIT FEES:

     

    You will pay a $40 exit fee to leave Panama, which is usually included in the price of your ticket.

     

     

    CURRENCY:

     

    Local currency is the US Dollar ($ US) and the Balboa (PAB).

     

    1 euro = 1,29 PAB; 1 dollar = 0,98 PAB

     

     

    TIPS:

     

    Tipping is not obligatory, however it is recommended to leave 10% to 15% of your consumption.

     

     

    LANGUAGE:

     

    - Official Language: Spanish. English is spoken in practically all tourist destinations.

     

    - Other languages: ngäbe, buglé, kuna, emberá, wounaan, naso tjerdi and bri bri.

     

     

    INTERNET DOMAIN: PA

     

     

    TEL AREA CODE: +507

     

     

    ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110 volts, 60 cycles. European appliances require an adaptor.

     

     

    TIME ZONE:

     

    GMT -5 HOURS.

     

     

    CLIMATE:

     

    Panamanian climate is generally tropical and quite pleasant; with an average temperature of around 27º C. (79 F) Humidity is always high and higher on the coasts.

     

     

    EMERGENCIES: 104

     

     

    TOURIST OFFICES:

     

    Oficina de Promoción Turística de Centroamérica (CATA)

    Address: c/ Capitán Haya, 56-1ºD. 28020 Madrid (España)

    Telephone: (+34) 91 572 08 54 // 55

    E-mail: info@visitcentroamerica.com

    Web: www.visitcentroamerica.com

     

    Chiriquí Regional Office

    Address: entre calles 5ª y 6ª

    Telephone: (+507) 775 – 2839

    Fax: (+507) 775 - 4120

    Email: chiriqui@atp.gob.pa

     

    Veraguas Regional Office

    Address: ciudad de Santiago, Plaza Palermo, Vía Héctor Alejandro Santa Coloma

    Telephone: (+507) 998 - 3929

    Fax: (+507) 998 - 0929

    Email: veraguas@atp.gob.pa

     

    Los Santos Regional Office

    Address: vía Playa El Arenal

    Telephone: (+507) 995 - 2339

    Fax: (+507) 995 - 2339

    Email: azuero@atp.gob.pa

     

    Herrera Regional Office

    Address: La Arena Industrial Park

    Telephone: (+507) 974 – 4532

    Fax: (+507) 974 - 4256

    Email: azuero@atp.gob.pa

     

    Colón Regional Office

    Address: Colón 2000

    Telephone: (+507) 475 – 2300

    Fax: (+507) 475 - 2301

    Email: colon@atp.gob.pa

     

    Coclé Regional Office

    Address: calle Principal de Farallón, Río Hato

    Telephone: (+507) 993 – 3241

    Fax: (+507) 993 - 3200

    Email: cocle@atp.gob.pa

     

    Bocas del Toro Office

    Address: Isla Colón, Calle 1ra.

    Telephone: (+507) 757 – 9642

    Fax: (+507) 757 - 9857

    Email: bocasdeltoro@atp.gob.pa

     

    Darién Office

    Address: Offices of the MICI in la Palma, Daríen

    Fax: (+507) 299 - 6337

    Email: darien@atp.gob.pa

     

     

    EMBASSY OFFICES:

     

    Spain:

    Address: Plaza de Belisario Porras, entre av. Peru y calle 33 A

    Telephone: (+507) 227 - 5122

    Fax: (+507) 227 - 6284

    Email: emb.panama@maec.es

     

    United Kingdom:

    Address: Torre Swiss Bank, calle 53

    PO Box: 889. Zona 1, Panamá

    Telephone: (+507) 269 – 0866

    Fax: (+507) 223 - 0730

    email: britemb@cwp.net.pa

     

    Italy:

    Address: av. Balboa, edificio BBVA – piso 25

    Telephone: (+507) 2258 – 948

    Fax: (+507) 2274 - 906

    Email: ambpana.mail@esteri.it

     

    Germany:

    Address: calle 53 Marbella, Edificio World Trade Centre, piso PH

    POBox: 0832-0536

    Telephone: (+507) 263 – 7733 // (+507) 263 – 7991

    Fax: (+507) 223 - 6664

     

     

    VACCINATIONS:

     

    If you are coming from Europe you will not need a vaccination, unless you have previously travelled to an endemic country. However, the WHO recommends a yellow fever vaccination, in case you plan to visit forested areas.

     

    For more information, visit the Ministry of Health website at: http://www.msc.es/

     

     

    AIRPORTS, PORTS AND HIGHWAYS

     

    Airports:

     

    The largest and most important airport in Panama is Tocumen International Airport (PTY), 30 minutes from Panama City, which receives flights form Europe, USA, South and Central America.

     

    However there are several landing strips and airports all over the country as well as another 3 international airports:

     

    - The Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport  (MPMG), in the Northeast of Panama City 

     

    - The Enrique Malek International Airport  (DAV), South of David, in Chiriquí.

     

    - The Scarlett Martínez International Airport (MPRH) in Coclé, 100 km from Panama City 

     

    - The Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

    Domingo Díaz Avenue, Panama City

     

    - The Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport (MPMG)

    Canfield Avenue, Panama City

     

    - The Enrique Malek International Airport (DAV)

    Red Grey Way, David

     

    - The Scarlett Martínez International Airport (MPRH)

     

    40 km from Coclé, following the highway to Decamerón, you can communicate with Air Panama:[ www.flyairpanama.com // (+507) 316 - 9023], since it offers established routes to the different tourist destinations around the country.

     

    Sea transportation:

     

    Panama has several important seaports: the ports of Cristóbal and Balboa, on both banks of the Canal, Vacamonte and Armuelles in the Pacific and Almirante and Bahía las Minas on the Caribbean side. The ports of Cristóbal and Fort Amador are equipped with their own Cruise ship port.

     

    To travel to the Pearl archipelago catch a ferry at Amador, which will leave you on the Islands of Taboga or Contadora. You can also take a water taxi.

     

    For more information: www.sealasperlas.com/

     

    To travel to the Bocas del Toro archipelago, you can take a launch from Amador to Colón. There are several tours to visit different islands.

     

    For more information: www.interbocas.com/transportemaritimo/horarios.htm

     

    Highways:

     

    If you wish to travel by road, Panama has a network of highways that cover nearly the entire country, the Pan-American Highway being the principal route extending from the border with Costa Rica to the frontier of Colombia at Darien Province. The other axis is the Trans-Isthmus Highway that communicates Panama City with Colon, and thus, the Caribbean with the Pacific Ocean.

     

    If you choose to rent a vehicle to travel around the country, you need to know that visitors are allowed to drive with their foreign license for a maximum of 90 days.

     

     

    TRAVEL ADVICE:

     

    Traveller’s Insurance, high protection sun block, sun glasses, mosquito repellent, rain cover (if you go during the rainy season) light cotton clothing, avoid dark colours, especially during the rainy season, comfortable walking shoes, camera, binoculars, flashlight, swimwear, a jacket and sweater because there are high places where it can get chilly and a small first-aid kit including a stomach protector, paracetamol and serum.

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