BASIC INFORMATION

  • ​​ADAPTER: TYPE A & B, SAME AS THE USA
  • ELECTRICITY: 110V. (US IS 120V – APPLIANCES CAN BE USED WITHOUT A CONVERTER)
  • CURRENCY: US DOLLARS. BALBOAS (EQUIV TO $USD ARE ALSO IN CIRCULATION)
  • ​TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE: 507
  • POPULATION: 3.8MM  (POP. HERRERA/CHITRE: 112K; POP. LOS SANTOS/LAS TABLAS: 91K)
  • SPOKEN LANGUAGE: SPANISH
  • VISA: MOST COUNTRIES’ CITIZENS ARE ELIGIBLE TO TRAVEL UP TO 180 DAYS WITHOUT A VISA. 
  • RELIGION: ROMAN CATHOLIC (79%), PROTESTANT (17%), OTHERS (4%)
  • NEWS: LA PRENSA (PRENSA.COM​), LA ESTRELLA (LAESTRELLA.COM.PA​)
  • GDP: $36.25 BIL; GDP GROWTH: 7% in 2014 (VS LATAM 3%); INFLATION: 5.7%
  • BANKING: 90 REGISTERED BANKS (2013), TOTAL ASSETS $90 BILLION
  • MILITARY: A NATIONAL MILITARY IS PROHIBITED BY THE CONSTITUTION, SIMILAR TO COSTA RICA

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

DepartmentPhone NumberScopeDescription
Emergency9-1-1NationalFor Medical Emergencies
Police995-2122 / 995-2548PedasiLocated by the Banco Nacional right outside town
994-6333Las Tablas
Fire Dept 103PedasiCUARTEL DE BOMBEROS DE PEDASI. La estación Pedasí o estación N°6 Los Santos. Corregiemiento de Pedasí.
994-6222Las TablasCuartel de Bomberos de Las Tablas
HospitalPedasiComing soon: Pedasi Primary Care Center to open right outside city by Super Pedasi
994-6233Las TablasHOSPITAL DR JOAQUIN PABLO FRANCO SAYAS ESPECIAL off Carretera Nacional outside Las Tablas on route to Guarare
996-4410ChitreHospital Cecilio A. Castillero; off Ave. Carmelo Spadafora / Carretera Nacional, on right side when heading into the city from La Villa de Los Santos (past Super99/DoItCenter)
Medical Clinic995-2127PedasiCentro de Salud. Calle Las Tablas, left off Av. Central, 3 blocks past park. Open Daily, 7am-3pm. ~7pm for emergencies. After hours, seek medical attention in Las Tablas/Chitre.
Disaster Response994-8882RegionalSINAPROC alerts and helps the community in case of emergencies, natural disasters, or other major disasters that requires the mobilization of civilians to areas of safety.
Post Office995-2221PedasiAvenida Central, off the main road. In the alley next to Supercentro, bldg behind Pedasi Tours. Mon-Fri: 8am-3pm, Sat 8am-1pm. Postal Code 0749.
994-6821Las TablasPaseo Carlos Lopez. Across the street from Banco Nacional, behind Agencia Seguro Social & Bldg Espino. Mon-Fri 7am-6pm; Sat 7am-5pm. Post code 0710.
ATMPedasiOpen 24 hours. Banco Nacional located just before town.
Tourist Office995-2339PedasiIPAT/ATP. Take the 2nd left after entering town; it’s in a hardly marked 2 story building on the right on the road to Playa El Arenal. Open MO- FR: 8 AM – 4 PM