A valid passport is required for travel in [Name of Country]. You will need to present it at the airports before and after your flights. Be sure to carry a photocopy of your passport in a separate location, for security’s sake. It is also a good idea to leave one with somebody at home. If you already have a passport, check to make sure it is still current (they expire every 10 years). Passports can be renewed through the mail. If you are getting a passport for the first time, you must submit your application in person.
For information on how to obtain a passport, download an application from travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html, ask your travel agent, or call the Passport Office at 202-647-0518. Allow at least 6 weeks.
A visa is not needed for stays under 90 days, however tourists from the USA, Canada and EU need to purchase a $6 tourist card from their airlines at the ticket counter on the day of departure for Panama. A tourist card gives you an automatic 90-day stay in Panama and can be extended for another 60 days.
The National Currency is the Panamanian balboa (B). However, the official paper currency is the U.S. dollar, which is accepted everywhere at the rate of B1 = US$1. The centesimos coins are of identical size, denomination, and metal as U.S. coins, and the coins of both nations are used hereinterchangeably. Credit cards are well accepted at hotels, major stores and better restaurants in Panama City. Outside Panama City, in general, cash will be necessary. We recommend getting what you think you will need in Panama City. Outside Panama City best to carry denominations of $20 or less Panama City has numerous ATM machines. Double check with your bank to make sure you ATM card will work. Traveler's checks are not well accepted in Panama except at banks:
American Express preferred.
You will need spending money for a few meals, snacks, optional excursions, personal gifts, drinks and guide gratuities.
There are currently no required immunizations for travel to Panama