Hola everyone!! So unlike the USA Panama is pretty particular about their driving rules and will enforce them to the fullest extent of the law. We have heard that you can bribe police officers, but we don’t think that’s any way to live or vacation. So read up on these rules ahead of time and you will be able to drive around knowing you won’t have to worry if you do get stopped.
Driving in Panama Do’s and Dont’s:
-Always carry your passport (or Panama ID called a “Cedula”), your country’s driver’s license (if you do not have a Panama driver’s license) and International Driver’s Permit when driving a vehicle in Panama. The Panama police will ask for these if you are stopped while driving.
-A foreign driver’s license is valid for 3 months in Panama. The police officer may ask to see the Panama immigration entry stamp in your passport to verify that you have not been in the country longer than 3 months. After the first 3 months foreigners are required to obtain a Panama driver’s license.