WEATHER & CLOTHING
Due to its costal location, Panama City experiences a tropical maritime climate which is characterized by two main seasons. A dry season taking place from late December till late April, as well as a rainy season from May till December. Yet, even during the dry season the humidity is considerably high wherefore light-thin business clothes are recommended.
Average temperatures Panama City
Panama’s official currency is the Balboa. Yet, since 1904 the US Dollar has legally circulated in Panama, wherefore the country nowadays has two legal means of payment. As there are only coin Balboas the US Dollars notes are used as legal tender throughout the country.
Foreign currencies may be either exchanged at the Banco Nacional de Panamá in Panamas Airport or at currency exchange bureaus (“Casas de Cambio”). However, the exchange ranges are mostly low. The most convenient means of getting cash is using one of the various ATMs around the city. The cash machines typically accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus, Plus). Further, please bear in mind, that due to a high forgery rate, bank notes exceeding 20 US-Dollars are not accepted in many shops. Therefore, in Panama City it is very common to pay by credit card.
The electrical current is the same in Panama as in the United States: 110 volts AC at 60 Hz. Adapters are required for appliances from other countries.
The official language spoken in Panama is Spanish. However, especially in touristic cities, English is spoken frequently.
Visitors are not covered by Panamanian health insurance plans. Therefore, please check with tour personal medical plan before leaving your home country, to ensure you have adequate traveling insurance. Delegates are urged to take out insurance to cover loss incurred in the case of cancellation, medical expenses and damage to or loss of personal effects whenever traveling outside of your own country.
Smoking is not permitted by law in all indoor public places, indoor workplaces, outdoor sport venues, and public transport.
SPECIAL NEEDS TRAVELERS
Generally, Panama is not considered to be an easily accessible country for travelers with special needs. This is caused by the insufficient maintenance of Panamas infrastructure. Although, your hotel will have wheelchair accessible rooms and ramps installed.
There is a 7% VAT (ITBMS) rate which applies to all goods and services except from food, medicine and health services. There may also be an airport departure tax of $40, although this is most commonly included into your airline ticket.
For tourism accommodation Panama charges, a tax of 10% to the price of hotel accommodation rooms.
Panama City has two separate area codes 2 and 3. To call a Panamanian number you will first need to dial the country code 507, followed by the desired number. Fixed phones usually have seven digits, whereas cellphones have eight. Within Panama City you should have no difficulties in using your foreign cellular. However, please check with your cellular service provider to ensure your plan offers roaming/long distance service in Panama City.
Panama City follows the Western Standard Time (UTC / GMT-5), but does not have Daylight Saving Time clock changes.
The standard and customary gratuity in most restaurants is 10%.
For more information on Panama City visit the following website: http://www.visitpanama.com