Destination Information for Panama
Panama is a long, thin country forming the link between Central and South America. It is famous for the Panama Canal, which cuts through the middle of the country to link the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and create one of the most important shipping routes in the world. It is straightforward to travel around Panama, and the size and shape of the country make it an attractive destination for travellers who want to experience all aspects of this diverse landscape in a short amount of time. See cities and coastlines, rainforests and mountains, and learn about the history and native culture of Panama.
Known as the Crossroads of America, Panama is growing in reputation as a tourist destination. There’s lots to see and do here, and the country has embraced modern technology and tourism while still retaining its natural beauty and cultural traditions through the indigenous tribes who still thrive in remote areas.
The capital is Panama City, with three distinct districts: the new city, the old city and the ruins of the original colonial city. Adventure sports enthusiasts should head to Boquete, where there are a range of adrenaline-pumping activities on offer, as well as Volcan Baru, the highest point in Panama, and important coffee-growing areas.
This vibrant, fascinating country will make an unforgettable destination for visitors keen to experience everything Central America has to offer, from cities to wildlife, natural beauty to incredible developments in engineering.
Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas
The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.
- Belize, 3 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Costa Rica, 250 confirmed.
- El Salvador, 145,403 suspected cases, 157 confirmed.
- Guatemala, 31,463 suspected cases, 415 confirmed.
- Honduras, 22,883 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
- Nicaragua, 19,554 suspected cases, 4153 confirmed.
- Panama, 22 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in Darien province and the San Blas Islands. There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria in Bocas del Toro, Colon, David, Boquete and a large portion of the country. There is a low to no risk of malaria in Panama canal zone and the city, in Pedasi and Santiago.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
British Embassy Panama City
MMG Tower, 4th Floor
Calle 53, Marbella
(PO Box 0816-07946)
Switchboard: (507) 297 6550