Health and Travel

HEALTH

Vaccines

Panama does not currently require any special vaccines to enter (unless you are coming from a fever listed as “at risk” of yellow fever. Yellow Fever was obliterated pretty good within Panama during the construction of the canal especially along the canal region (where Gamboa is).

The CDC reccomends all travelers to be up to date on

  • routine vaccines
  • Hep A and Hep B
  • Typhoid

Malaria is not really present in the parts of Panama we will be located in, and Rabies vaccines are required if you will be handling mammals (such as bats).

If you will be doing other travelling outside of the Canal region you might want to look into Yellow Fever and Malaria risk.

Full details here:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/clinician/none/panama

General Health

We will be in jungle areas in the rainy season. Stuff gets wet and kinda stays wet. Keeping your clothes dry and fresh is a good way to keep comfortable and prevent things like rashes and skin or other bodily irritation.

Basic travel medicine such as anti-diarrheals, laxatives, nausea, and Urinary Tract and Yeast infection treatments are probably good to have on hand.

VISAS

Panama is one of the more visa-friendly countries in the world. People coming from many countries do not need to get a visa beforehand.



This includes most of Europe, North and South America, Australia, and some parts of Asia and Africa.

Also if you have a multiple-entry visa valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry, or residency documents issued by any of the following countries:[10]

 Australia Canada European Union Japan Singapore South Korea United Kingdom United States

You also do not need to get a separate visa!

You can check out the full visa policy in this Wikipedia article.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Panama

Unfortunately we do not have resources to aid with obtaining visas and other travel logistics. You are entirely responsible for your own visas and travel plans.

If you need any kind of official looking letter of invitation though, we can happily give you one!

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