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Driving in Panama

Tourists can drive for 90 days with a licence from their home country or an International Driver's Permit. Driving in Panama City is not recommended for the inexperienced or faint of heart, but travelling around the country in a rental car is perfectly acceptable and can be a pleasant experience. You might enjoy the convenience of a rental car, but don't discount the excellent bus system and the advantages of leaving the driving to someone else.

On the plus side, driving in Panama features good roads in most popular areas. After you have some form of residency you can get a Panama Drivers Licence by presenting your home country drivers licence which they will not keep. Licences here are good for up to four years assuming your visa or residency is also good for that long. The licence can only go out as far as your visa or residency. There is normally no road test and no written test, no eye test. This means that traffic conditions are anarchic! Possibly, a diabetes blood test would have to be undertaken to make sure you will not pass out while driving. Remember this is a different country than your home country so things are different here. Maybe not better and maybe not worse but, different.





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