As people search the globe for travel destinations, more people are enjoying Panama tourism than ever before. The country is a very easy trip, especially for people from the United States and Canada and it has an amazing amount to offer even the most seasoned tourist. Panama tourism can take you to the mountains, to the beach, to a rainforest or even to the past. Because of its long-term affiliation with the US, many things about Panama are familiar to Americans, but the beauty of Panama tourism is that no matter from where you come, you can find something exciting and new. Have a look at tips on flights to Bocas Del Toro Panama for more info on this.
-Government: Elected Democracy
-Current Head of State: President Ricardo Martinelli
-Currency: US dollar (called Balboa) No national paper currency is printed, but there is coinage of the same size and denominations as American coins.
-Sales Tax: VAT is 5% (10% for imports)
-Area: 75,990 sq. kilometers
-Population: 3,360,000, 2009 est.
-Capital: Panamá City
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-Time Zone: GMT-5
-Telegram: Available in hotels and main post offices of major cities.
-Press: La Prensa, El Siglo and El Panamá América are among the largest daily newspapers.
-Mail: Mail to North America takes about a week. Post office hours are Mon-Fri 8:00am – 4:00 pm, Sat 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. For express services, FedEx and DHL are available in most areas. Mail forwarding services are available from locations such as Miami, FL for approx. $25 per month. These services provide an address and regularly forward mail based on a weight charge.
-Police: If you are a victim of a crime, report it immediately to the local police, especially if you will be making an insurance claim. The tourist police, or policia de turismo, are better prepared to deal with foreigners and more likely to speak English. Typically they wear white armbands and ride bicycles.
– Electricity: 120 volts AC, 60Hz
-Emergency Numbers: Police 104, Fire 103, Tourist Police 269 8011), 911 is for medical emergencies only!
-Language: Spanish (official), English 14%, and is the official second language
-Religion: 85% Catholic, 15% Protestant
-Cellular Phone: Roaming agreements exist but most folks buy their minutes on a phone card
-Fax: Available at most post offices and hotels
-Directory Assistance: Dial 102
-National Dialing Code: 507
-Telephone: IDD is available. International calling cards are available and widely used. Many Internet cafes also offer VoIP calling as well.