Why carry an IDP while driving in Panama?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Panama highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Panama
Driving rules in Panama are similar to those in the United States. All drivers are required to wear seat belts, hold third-party auto insurance and adhere to posted speed limits. Drivers use the right side of the road, and traffic signals and most of the road signs are standardized.
Even if you don’t read Spanish, the colors and shapes of most signs are the same as back home and a little common sense will help you navigate. Foreigners can drive a vehicle for up to 90 days using a valid driver’s license from their home country.
Always carry your passport (or Panama ID card 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.
- Traffic moves on the right side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is 18 years old.
- You must keep the following documents on your person or inside the car at all times: your ID, your valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, insurance papers, and accident report form.
- It is prohibited to be using a cellular phone while driving.
- Children under 5 years old must be seated in a special car seat in the rear.
- 3rd party insurance is mandatory.
- Seat belts must be worn by the driver and front seat passenger.
- While rules of the road are often ignored, the laws can be enforced by traffic police.
Driving in Panama in the Winter
Panama is a tropical land. However, you need to be cautious when driving during the rainy season. The best time to visit this country is from December to March. Plan your trip accordingly and you are good to go.
Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.
How to get your IDP
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