If you’re like most people, you’re probably a little nervous about driving in a foreign country. After all, the roads are different, the signs are in a foreign language, and you don’t know the customs. But don’t worry – with a little preparation, you can drive in any country with confidence. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1. Learn Spanish which is the official language of the Republic of Panama.
If you can’t speak the language, you won’t be able to read the street signs or ask for directions. So before you go, learn some basic phrases that will help you get around.
2. Familiarize yourself with driver behavior in Panama.
In some countries, it’s customary to honk your horn before turning, while in others, it’s considered rude. In some places, you might drive on the left side of the road, while in others you might drive on the right side. So be sure to do some research on the local driving customs before you drive a car in the Republic of Panamá
3. Familiarize yourself with the local road regulations
In Panama, we drive on the right side of the road, we use the gas pedal to accelerate, and we use the brake pedal to slow down. But in other countries, the rules might be different. So be sure to familiarize yourself with the local road rules before you drive a vehicle or an automobile.
4. Invest in a good map.
A good map can be a lifesaver when you’re trying to find your way around a foreign country. So be sure to invest in a good map before you travel to Panama.
5. Download a GPS app.
If you have a smartphone, download a GPS app that can help you find your way around. These apps are usually free and they can be a real lifesaver when you’re trying to find your way in a foreign country.
6. Get a certified translation of the Panama Traffic Rules
Purchase a physical copy of the Panama Traffic Rules at any local store or download an electronic copy from the Internet. Obtain a professional translation of the traffic rules of Panama.
7. Validity period of a foreign driver license
A foreign driver license is valid for up to 90 days or three months in Panama
7. Exchange your foreign driving license for a Panamanian driver’s license.
When you are ready to convert your foreign driver’s license to a Panama driver license, take the following items to the nearest driver license office, specifically Sertracen:
– Foreign driver license
– Copy of foreign driving license duly authenticated by the embassy or consulate of the issuing country and legalized by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– Certified translation if the documents are written in a language other than Spanish. The sworn translation must be signed and stamped by a Panamanian certified translator
– Panama resident card
Please not that you will keep your home country driver’s license and you will acquire a Panama driver’s license.
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