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Republic of Panama > Details

Country Name
Republic of Panama
Geographical Area
29,157 square miles
Population
3,608,431 (2014 census)
Capital City
Panama City
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People  
Language   Spanish is spoken throughout with English in the tourist areas.
Religion   Roman Catholic and Protestant
Government   Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic
Head of Government   President Juan Carlos Varela
Embassy   Edificio 783, Avenida Demetrio Basilio Lakas Panama, Apartado Postal 0816-02561, Zona 5, Panama City Telephone: (507) 317-5000 Emergency after-hours telephone: (507) 317-5000
Visas   U.S. citizens traveling by air, road, or sea must present a valid passport that has a remaining validity of at least three months. Travelers should be aware that Panamanian immigration law provides for the denial of entry or transit to any person who has a criminal conviction.
Health Risks   Panama City has some very good hospitals and clinics, but medical facilities outside of the capital are limited. Hospitals in Panama are either private hospitals or government-run public hospitals. Many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to providing service. Medical evacuation to the U.S. may cost well in excess of USD$50,000. In Panama, most hospitals accept credit cards for hospital charges, but not for doctors' fees.
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Time Zone:   UTC-5
Banking / Exchange   Foreign currency, including traveler’s checks, can be exchanged at banks and special exchange shops in large towns.
Currency   The local currency is the Panamanian balboa (PAB). The currency is tied to the US Dollar (also widely accepted) at an exchange rate of 1:1.
Electric Current   Metric
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Shopping   Duty free shopping and major shopping complexes are plentiful in major Panamanian cities.
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How to shop Tax Fee  
National Airport   Tocumen International Airport, Changuinola "Capitan Manuel Nino" International Airport, Bocas del To
Major Tourist Attractions   The Panama Canal, Bocas del Toro, and the many excellent beaches.
Tipping Suggestion   Tipping is not really expected here but you should leave a few coins to acknowledge the service.
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