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Last verified: Monday, 19. August 2019 at 07:23 AM

Panama Travel Advisory

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Local Situation: 1.8 / 5

Travelling Panama is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.1 / 5

Panama shares land borders with Colombia and Colombia. For these countries, the individual warning index is 2.6 (Colombia) and 2 (Costa Rica).

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Panama from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 1.8 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 0 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise normal precautions in Panama. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime. Parts of the Darién Region due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/panama-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Panama due to criminal activity and the potential for civil unrest.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/panama

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Panama.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Do not travel to the Darien Gap, south of the town of Yaviza, due to violent crime and the presence of drug traffickers and armed guerrilla forces. This includes the Darien National Park, nature reserves and tourist resorts.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Åk inte till provinsen Darién annat än på organiserade gruppresor. Undvik gränstrakterna mellan Panama och Colombia. Orkansäsong i juni-november.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/PA

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Panama.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Darién

Info: Undvik icke nödvändiga resor

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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About Panama

Panama with its capital Panama City is a country in North America (Central America), slightly smaller than South Carolina (78,200 km²). The country is located Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica. The climate can be described as tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; prolonged rainy season (May to January), short dry season (January to May). The landscape is interior mostly steep, rugged mountains and dissected, upland plains; coastal areas largely plains and rolling hills. With a population of about 3.29 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Panama City
Population about 3.29 million
Size 78.200 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than South Carolina
Common languages English, Spanish
Currency Balboa (short: PAB)
Common voltage (electricity) 110V - 60Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 1800
International phone prefix +507
Internet Top Level Domain .pa
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 PA
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 PAN
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 591

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Panama is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air pollution in urban areas
  • deforestation of tropical rain forest
  • land degradation and soil erosion threatens siltation of Panama Canal
  • mining threatens natural resources
  • water pollution from agricultural runoff threatens fishery resources

Natural hazzards

  • occasional severe storms and forest fires in the Darien area

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Panama. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. brewing
  2. cement
  3. construction
  4. other construction materials
  5. sugar milling

Agriculture products

  1. bananas
  2. coffee
  3. corn
  4. livestock
  5. rice
  6. shrimp
  7. sugarcane
  8. vegetables

Panamanian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Panama.

Export products

  1. fish
  2. fruit
  3. iron
  4. nuts
  5. steel waste
  6. wood

Import products

  1. fuels
  2. iron
  3. machinery
  4. pharmaceuticals
  5. steel rods
  6. vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Panama?

Panama is currently rated at 1,8 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 5 official sources. Travelling Panama is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Panama in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Panama.

How many travel advisories do you know for Panama?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 5 individual sources for Panama.

What is the size of Panama?

Panama has a size of 78,200 km² or 30,193 mi² which is slightly smaller than South Carolina.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.