Panama Shopping, Embassy and Communication

By | May 6, 2022



Official language is Spanish. English is the lingua franca. In addition, Native American languages ​​are spoken.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

01/09/2022 Martyrs Day

04/15/2022 Good Friday

05/01/2022 Labor Day

08/15/2022 Panama City Day (Panama City only)

03.11.2022 Independence Day (of Colombia)

11/05/2022 Colon Day

11/10/2022 Anniversary of the Los Santos Uprising

08.12.2022 Mother’s Day

12/25/2022 Christmas


Public holidays that fall on a Sunday or in the middle of the week are postponed to the following Monday.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into Panama (from the age of 18): 500 g of tobacco products; 5 l of alcoholic beverages; perfume and eau de toilette for personal use in opened bottles; Gifts and personal items up to a total value of 2000 BA.

Import regulations

Medicines should be imported with a doctor’s certificate. More information is available from

Prohibited Imports

Plants (fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc.), meat and animal products, drugs of all kinds. More information is available from Panama Customs.

Contact addresses

Consulate General of the Republic of Panama
Rue de Lausanne 72
+41 (0)22 715 04 50.

Mon-Fri 09.30-13.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Panama

Honorary Consulate in Salzburg.

Goldschmiedgasse 10/403
+33 (0)1 587 23 47, 587 31 82. Consular Section: 587 23 47.

Mon-Fri 10am-1pm (by appointment).

Embassy of the Republic of Panama

Consulate General in Hamburg.

Honorary consulates in Dresden, Kiel and Sauerlach near Munich.

Wichmannstrasse 6
+49 (0)30 22 60 58 11.

Mon-Fri 10am-1pm.


Business etiquette

Punctuality and business cards are expected. Business hours: Mon-Fri 08.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00.

Business contacts

Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland Kasernenstrasse 11, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland Tel. +41 (0)44 240 33 00. Website: Cámara de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá (Chamber of Commerce and Industry) Avenida Cuba y Ecuador, Calle 33-A, Apartado: 0816-07517 Panamá, Panamá Tel. +507 (0)207 34 00. Website:



According to, the country code is 00507. Public phones have become rare in Panama, but they can still be found near hospitals, educational centers and train stations.

Mobile phone

GSM 850, GSM 1900, G3 and G4. Mobile network operators include Cable & Wireless and Claro. The reception/transmission range is good. roaming contracts exist. Roaming contracts exist. Nevertheless, it may be worth purchasing a mobile phone locally and a Panamanian prepaid SIM card.


There are internet cafes in the larger cities. There are hundreds of hotspots in big cities like Panama City where you can get free Wi-Fi at bus stops. Shopping malls, restaurants, libraries, and hotels in areas heavily frequented by tourists also provide free WiFi.

Post office

Mail to Europe takes 5-10 days, the major post offices accept poste restante and offer an express service for mail delivery. Post office opening hours: Mon-Fri 06.30-17.45, Sat 07.00-17.00.

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