Panama is very ‘Americanized’ due to the American presence in the canal zone for many years. It is a representative democracy whose government is very stable, and it has been dubbed Central America’s safest and most modern metropolis.
Panama has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and was rated by the prestigious magazine International Living as the top destination in the world to retire, 5 years in a row. Panama City is a bustling, first-world metropolis whose skyline is often compared to Manhattan. Outside the city are incredible beaches, mountain vistas, and a great variety of flora and fauna.
Medical Tourism In Panama
- Panama has the JCI accredited Hospital Punta Pacifica which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, a thoroughly modern, ‘digital hospital’;
- Many doctors are US trained and certified, and speak English fluently;
- Medical tourists can expect to save from 25% – 80% off identical procedures, using identical equipment as in North America;
Money And Paying For Things
- Conveniently, the US dollar is the national currency, so there is no currency fluctuation for Americans; coin is known as the Balboa;
- Credit cards are accepted in most tourist venues in Panama City;
- ATM’s are prevalent in the city;
- The main airport is Tocumen International Airport (PTY) which is 17 km (10.5 miles) outside Panama City;
- A $20 departure tax is charged when leaving the country;
- US and Canadian residents require a tourist card to enter Panama for up to 30 days (extendable to 90 days) and is attainable for $5 US at immigration;
- You require a valid passport and an expiration date greater than 6 months from your entry date to Panama;
- A prepaid return airline ticket to leave the country is required;