FAQ

Who requires a visa to go to Panama?

Required by all except the following for stays of up to 90 days (at the discretion of the Immigration authorities):

Argentina, Slovenia, Latvia, Republic of Korea, Estonia, Letonia, San Marino, Austria, Finland, Lichtenstein, South Korea, Belgium, France, Lithuania, Singapore, Bolivia, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Brazil, Greece, Malta, Sweden, Chile, Great Britain(except for persons who were born in Hong Kong, or if the UK passport was issued in Hong Kong) , Monaco, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Netherlands, The Uruguay, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Vatican City, Cyprus, Hungary, Norway, Czech Republic, Iceland, Paraguay, Denmark, Israel, Poland, El Salvador, Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy.

Tourist cards: Antigua & Barbuda, Curacao, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Japan, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Taiwan, Bahamas, Dominica, New Zealand, Thailand, Barbados, Grenada San Cristobal & Nevis, United States of America, Belize, Brazil, Ecuador, Greece, Korea (Rep), Malta, Monaco, Norway, Samoa, San Marino, Vatican City, Guyana, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Bermuda, Saint Lucia, Venezuela.

A valid passport for 6 month is needed to enter!

If you have any questions regarding the visa, please contact the nearest Panama embassy for information on what documentation you may require to enter Panama.

Do I need any vaccinations?

No special vaccination is needed in the San Blas islands and Panama City.

Anyway, before visiting Panama, you may need to get vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination:Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.

Is Panama a dangerous country?

Not at all! Panama is the safest country in Latin America as it has been under the protection of the United States for almost 90 years. Panama City is no more dangerous than any other big city in Europe or the U.S. Your common sense prevails!

Is it difficult to get money in Panama?

Panama has the most modern and successful international banking center in Latin America (and the world’s 5th largest). Panama is home to more than 150 banks from 35 countries. All major credit cards are accepted (of course by Nativa Tours as well) and there are numerous ATMs all over the country. The currency is the U.S. Dollar locally called “Balboa.” However, there are no ATM’s in San Blas!

What languages are spoken?

Although Spanish is the official language, most Panamanians understand or speak a certain amount of English. It is usually not hard to find someone who speaks English, especially in tourist areas. Some Indian dialects are spoken in some regions.

What about accident insurance?

You must have your own (usually the credit card is sufficient) or accept the one offered by our partner (Ancon Insurance).New all tourist have free insurance. 

How does the weather change according to the seasons?

Panama is protected from hurricanes and storms.  However, 2 seasons prevail:

The Dry Season generally begins around mid-December, but this may vary by as much 3 to 4 weeks. Around this time, strong northeasterly winds known as “trade winds” begin to blow and little or no rain may fall for many weeks in a row. Daytime air temperatures increase slightly to around 30-31ºC (86-88ºF), but nighttime temperatures remain around 22-23ºC (72-73ºF). Relative humidity drops throughout the season, reaching average values as low as 70%.

During the rainy season, mornings are generally very bright and sunny and afternoon rain showers are common. Panama is a tropical country where the rains and sunshine intermingle. Temperature changes are mostly determined by altitude rather than by season or amount of rainfall.

If you have a specific question please do not hesitate to contact us.