Traveling to Panama

Any trip abroad requires some planning. Make sure you have the most up-to-date accepted identification and documentation so your to Panama goes smoothly. Please do not hesitate to contact our concierge staff for any additional questions you may have about traveling to Panama.

Entering the Country

Visitors flying into Panama City's Toucmen International Airport will need to present a passport that has been valid for at least three months, and must also be able to present that passport upon reentering the United States or home country. Sea travelers must adhere to these same passport policies.

Also, all visitors must purchase a $5.00 tourist card before clearing customs in Panama.

For more information on entering and exiting the country of Panama, please visit the United States Department of State.

 

Safety

Our Las Olas penthouse luxury rental is located on the safe and secure Vista Mar Golf & Beach Resort. Our guests are given 24-hour access to a car service, so whether you're interested in exploring the country's small villages or cosmopolitan Panama City, you can vacation in comfort and know that you’re safe wherever you go and will not have to utilize public transportation at any time during your trip.

Additionally, Panama is the only country in Central America with tap water safe for drinking. You won’t need to visit your doctor before packing for Panama, as no shots or medication are needed to enter the country.

 

Currency

While it’s called the Balboa for nationalistic reasons, Panama uses the U.S. dollar as it’s currency system. Visitors of Panama from the United States will enjoy not having to swap currency or learn a new exchange rate upon traveling to Panama.

Since 1903, "Balboa" has had a 1:1 exchange rate with the U.S dollar, and in 1941 decided to stop printing original Balboa, permanently switching to using U.S currency. 

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted throughout the country, but some smaller restaurants will require cash payments after your meal.  Also be sure to have your passport on you when traveling throughout Panama, as tourists are often asked to supplement identification when making a purchase with a credit or debit card.

Once you're cleared to explore, you'll want to know about all the world-class restaurants and shopping in and around the downtown district of Panama City.