Foreign travel advice

Panama

Summary

On Friday 8 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico. If you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters

UK health authorities have classified Panama as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Most visits to Panama are trouble-free. 

If you travel to the Darien province you should do so only with an organised group and to recognised tourist destinations protected by the Panamanian police. See Local Travel

Foreign driving licences are only valid for 90 days following your entry to the country. See Road Travel

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Panama, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You can contact the emergency services on 911. Alternatively, call 104 for police or 103 for ambulance and fire.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.