Who needs a visa to come to Panama?

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

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

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

A passport valid for 6 months is needed to enter.

If you have any questions about the visa, please contact the nearest Panama embassy to obtain information on the documentation you may need to enter Panama.

Do I need any vaccinations?


No special vaccination is necessary on the islands of San Blas and Panama City, however visitors traveling from some Caribbean or South American countries should inquire about yellow fever and malaria.

However, before visiting Panama, you may need vaccines and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases that you may be at risk for at your destination: your doctor or healthcare provider will determine what you will need, depending on Factors such as your health and immunization history, the areas of the country you will visit, and planned activities.

Is Panama a dangerous country?

Absolutely! Panama is the safest country in Latin America, having been under the protection of the United States for almost 90 years. Panama City is no more dangerous than any other large city in Europe or the United States. 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 fifth largest in the world). Panama is home to more than 150 banks from 35 countries. All credit cards are accepted (of course by Nativa Tours as well) and there are numerous ATMs throughout the country. The currency is the “Balboa” which has parity with the US dollar. However, there are no ATMs in San Blas!

What languages are spoken?

Although Spanish is the official language, most Panamanians understand or speak some English. It is generally not difficult to find someone who speaks English, especially in tourist areas. Some indigenous dialects are spoken in some regions.

And accident insurance?

You must have your own.

How does the weather change according to the seasons of the year?

Panama is protected against hurricanes and storms. However, two seasons prevail:

The Dry Season generally begins around mid-December, but this can vary up to 3-4 weeks. During this time, strong northeast winds known as “trade winds” begin to blow and little or no rain may fall for several weeks at a time. Daytime temperatures rise slightly, around 30-31ºC (86-88ºF), but nighttime temperatures remain around 22-23ºC (72-73ºF). Relative humidity decreases throughout the season, reaching average values of only 70%.

During the rainy season, mornings are generally very bright and sunny, and showers are common in the afternoon. Panama is a tropical country where the rains and the sun intermingle. Changes in temperature are determined primarily by altitude and not by season or amount of rainfall.

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