Tropical climate marked by two seasons, the one called “dry”, from December to April, the one called “green” from May to November
Temperatures are always between 20 and 30 ° C, mountain regions are the most temperate
The best season
Panama is a destination to discover all year round. It is a hot and humid climate, which is what gives it the richness of its biodiversity. However, it is exceptional that it rains all day long. Most of the time the mornings are sunny, showers in the early afternoon and then the sun takes over at the end of the day… That’s part of the charm of the tropics!
However, we recommend avoiding the Christmas / New Year and Holy Week periods: high tourist demand and excessive prices
Clothes to take away
For the beach: sunglasses, sunscreen & swimsuit!
For walks in the forest: light long-sleeved clothing, pants, cap or hat, rain poncho, walking shoes
For evenings and air-conditioned places: woolen or fleece
No compulsory vaccine to enter Panama, bring a first aid kit containing commonly used drugs (aspirin, intestinal problems etc.)
If you are undergoing medical treatment, take your medication and keep it in your carry-on baggage with its prescription.
The water is safe to drink in all major cities. On rural and isolated sites, prefer bottled water
Mosquito repellent lotion is required
Panama is a relatively safe country. As everywhere, certain sites are to be avoided (consult us). It is advisable to avoid provocation by limiting the outward signs of wealth. Use the safes in your hotels and do not leave your personal effects (bag / camera, etc.) without vigilance
110-120 volts / 60 Hertz. American flat sockets. You can buy an adapter at the airport
Check with your local operator for their network agreements with Panama. Your mobile phone must be of quad-band technology to send and receive communications in Panama
To reach Panama from abroad, dial 00 507 in front of the number
With France, minus 6 hours in winter, minus 7 hours in summer
Even though Panama’s currency unit is the Balboa, the United States dollar (USD) is used. Unit value equal: $ 1 = 1Balboa
There are many vending machines all over the country, carry small denominations and avoid Traveler’s checks which are rarely accepted.
No visa required for French people
The passport must be valid 6 months after the date of return to France
Other nationalities should contact the Panama Consulate, 145 avenue de Suffren, Paris. Phone. 01.45.66.42.44
Exit tax from Tocumen International Airport = us $ 40
Most of the time this tax is already included in your plane ticket