Best Panama Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card in Panama

Last updated on December 28th, 2020 at 10:51 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best Panama sim card for tourists. Whenever you travel from one country to another, one thing you shouldn’t forget to have is a prepaid sim card in Panama. Why?

As one might expect, It’s hard to travel without Internet because you’ll need your GPS to track your location and destination. Besides reading guides from blogs prepare you beforehand. Also, your own SIM is important for communicating with locals.

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PANAMA TOURIST SIM CARD

PANAMA PREPAID CARD BACKGROUND

First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Panama is great especially in the cities. There are a few places off the beaten path like mountains, beaches and jungle where the connection will be weak.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Panama. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get outside the airport when getting to the city in an official phone shop.

There are 4 phone operators in the country: +movil, Claro, Tigo and Digicel. You can buy your Panama tourist sim card when you arrive in Tocumen international airport. I would recommend to buy outside because prices tend to be higher at the airport compared to the stores in town.

GETTING PANAMA PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT

Getting a Panama sim card is simple and easy. You can get your sim card in the airport or in the phone stores. Since it’s easier to check maps and it’s great to check internet while you are going to your hotel. You can purchase your Panama sim card in the airport but there aren’t so many options and prices will be more expensive.

If you aren’t in a hurry you can wait until get to the city to get your Panma prepaid card. There are kiosks and phone shops where to buy your Panama tourist sim card for more affordable prices.

WHERE TO GET YOUR PANAMA TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Panama sim card almost anywhere from the airport to cities. There are phone kiosks and local shops willing to sell a Panama prepaid sim card. Just make sure that you present your foreign passport even it’s not mandatory in Panama.

The main operators in Panama are +movil, Claro, Tigo and Digicel. If you are getting to Panama by bus from Costa Rica you can also get your Panama tourist sim card in the Bus Station or around the city in kiosks and phone shops.

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD PANAMA COMPARISON

We will focus in this prepaid sim card Panma with +movil the most popular one in Panama. We will tell you about Claro, Tigo and Digicel.

+Movil

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+Movil is the largest phone operator in Panama and the most reliable talking about coverage. You can get a +Movil prepaid sim card for $2USD and top up. The prices for topping up starts for $3 USD with 650 MB data valid for 3 days. For $9 USD with 1 GB data valid 15 days and $15 USD with 2 GB data valid for 30 days.

If you prefer combo packages for $3 USD with 400 MB, 100 minutes and free social media apps valid 3 days. For $10 USD with 1 GB data, unlimited calls and free social media apps valid 7 days. And Plan Siempre for $10 USD with 1.5 GB data, 300 minutes and free whatsapp valid 30 days.

Claro Panama

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Claro is the second largest phone operator in Panama and the most reliable talking about coverage. You can get a Claro prepaid sim card for $2 USD sometimes they give you free in promotions in the malls. If you want to top up with Claro in Panama. For $1 USD with 200 MB data and for $15 USD with 4 GB data with 1 GB whatsapp valid 30 days. There are packages for $3-9 USD with unlimited data but not all the time high speed.

If you want combo packages for $1 USD with 150 MB, 20 minutes and valid 1 day. For $3 USD with unlimited data, 15 minutes, 10 sms valid 3 days. For $10 USD with 3 GB data, 50 minutes, 50 sms valid for 15 days. And for $15 USD with 4 GB data, 150 minutes, 75 sms valid 30 days.

Digicel Panama

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Digicel Panama has the best coverage if you are visiting San Blas Island the most beautiful place in Panama. You can get for $5 USD with 1 GB, 25 minutes valid 7 days. For $10 USD with 2.5 GB, 50 minutes valid 14 days. And for $20 USD with 5 GB data valid 28 days all of them with unlimited sms.

Tigo Panama

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Tigo Panama is the old Movistar in Panama. You can get for $2 USD with 250 MB, 5 minutes valid 2 days. For $3 USD with 525 MB data, 10 minutes valid 4 days. And for $5 USD with 1.1 GB data, 20 minutes valid 7 days and $10 USD with 1.5 GB data, 40 minutes valid 15 days all of them with a few sms.

PANAMA SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My Panama Sim Card Conclusion is getting +Movil if you are planning to travel around Panama since the coverage is better and prices are similar to Digicel. Unless you are going to San Blas Island Digicel can be your option with high speed and coverage in the islands.

PANAMA POCKET WIFI

If you prefer Panama Pocket Wifi a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Panama you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

The price is €7.95 to get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices. If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs.

The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!

BEST TIME TO VISIT PANAMA

The best time to visit Panama is during the summer dry season from mid-December to mid-April. The Panama Canal Zone has a tropical climate with high humidity year-round. You can also come to Panama in February, March, September and October for the least chance of rain.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN PANAMA

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If you in local stands, a meal can cost up to $3-$4 USD. It can consists of rice, chicken, beans, and maybe another side plus a drink. You can also find cheap cafes and sandwich shops around for cheaper options of $5-$6 USD a mealBeer is usually $1USD during hostel happy hours while mixed drinks costs $2.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET IN PANAMA

Hostel and dorms can only cost $15 USD a night in Panama, which is a fair amount if you’re on a budget travel. They are decent and quite comfortable. Of course, there are also mid-range hotels in Panama. They can cost up to $50 USD a night if you want a more comfortable place to stay at while exploring Panama. If you prefer luxury will start from $100 USD per night.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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