Panama Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Updated: 2019-08-18.

Republic of Panama • República de Panamá

Panama is a country at the very tip of North America, where Central America and the Caribbean end and meet South America. It shares borders with Costa Rica to its west and Colombia to its east, as well as the Caribbean Sea to its north and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

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Panama Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Panama – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Panama City

Population: 4.1 million (2019 estimate)

Language(s): Spanish

President: Laurentino Cortizo

Vice President: Jose Gabriel Carrizo

Currency: Panamanian Balboa (PAB) & US Dollar (USD)

Area: 75,417 km2 (29,119 mi2)

Dialing Code: +507

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC−5

Demonym: Panamanian (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Panamá (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 911

Drinking Age: 18 to purchase

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 18

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 110 V, 60 Hz, Plug Types A / B (define)

ISO Country Code: PA