||Panama uses the US dollar as its currency, but also uses the official name 'Balboa' for it.
ATMs are widely available.
Traveller's Cheques are only accepted in US$, AMEX cheques are accepted at most banks.
Credit Cards are not accepted everywhere; it's better to bring cash.
|Telephone and Internet:
||Country Code is +507
Telephone boxes are widely available.
The local mobile phone network works in most areas but not everywhere. Some international mobiles work here.
Internet-cafes are widely available throughout the country.
The charges are usually between 1US$ and 2US$.
||Buses connect about any community in Panama which is accessible by road.
Some are large and well-equiped, but the majority is smaller and simpler, but they are all cheap.
Taxis don't charge by metres, but there are some set fares. Generally they are cheap.
||A valid passport is required to enter Panama.
Citizens of Ireland, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain and Finland need only a passport.
Most other nationals, including US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand,
may enter with a 5US$ tourist card.
Citizens of many other countries have to have a visa before entering Panama.
Visas and tourist cards are valid for 90 days.