An Amazing Adventure Is Waiting For You! Leave All Your Worries Behind... Let Us Take Care Of Everything For You! We're Your Panama Relocation Experts! Our 6-day, 5-night ALL-INCLUSIVE Panama Relocation Tour ™ will introduce you to the inexpensive and wonderful lifestyle available when you … Get the Details
There are so many unknowns about moving to Panama. The unknowns are what holds you back.
Panama Relocation Tours will clear up the mysteries about moving to Panama, so you can make your dreams come true. These are just some of the things you’ll learn:
♥ Why and how to get a residency Visa and which one is best for you
♥ Which attorney to use in Panama (who does not gringo prices you)
♥ How to get affordable health insurance
♥ How to find a rental and important things to know
♥ How to bring your pets and household good in to Panama
♥ And much much more….
An amazing adventure is waiting for you in Panama. Leave all your worries behind. Let us take care of all the details to show you what your life could be like living in Panama.. and teach you the things you absolutely need to know before you move to Panama!
Our friendly bi-lingual driver will meet you at the airport when you arrive, then take you to our preferred hotel in Panama City. During a Panama Relocation Tour, we’ll make all the arrangements and make sure you meet expats who live in each area we visit, plus you’ll get to see rentals in some areas. We do NOT sell real estate so there will be no sales pitches. The entire Panama Relocation Tour is like a rolling seminar with important information about moving to Panama being shared each day.
By the end of a Panama Relocation Tour, you’ll know if Panama is right for you. You’ll also know which area you like best. And by the end of a Panama Relocation Tour, you’ll have the knowledge and the confidence you need to move to Panama.
Here’s what some previous tour clients had to say about Panama Relocation Tours.
Wow….was that a fabulous trip, or what??? Just to be able to go to a foreign country and be completely relaxed knowing someone took care of everything…..that was Jackie Lange! Like she would always say, “don’t worry” and she was right. Jackie is definitely a professional when it comes to all things Panama. We traveled from one end of the country to the other and saw so many amazing places, some more so than others, but that’s also what Jackie promised, not to sugar coat anything so we got the complete honest picture of Panama. Taking Jackie’s trip opened my eyes to the possibility that yes, I CAN move to another country and enjoy an amazing life. I would even consider taking the Relocation Tour trip a second time to see and do things I missed. Jackie is like reading a good book you can’t put down, or watching a favorite movie, once just isn’t enough to really get all the good parts. Her knowledge, experiences, recommendations shared were invaluable. Trust me, you really want to take this trip! Myra – September 2018 Tour
Just returned from the Panama relocation tour in July. This was an incredible experience thanks to Jackie, Melissa and staff. The tour was planned meticulously, every detail was taken care of and seemed effortless, even though I’m sure it took a vast amount of work and effort. Jackie’s knowledge and information provided was amazing in learning the in and outs of moving to Panama. I can’t say enough of Jackie’s knowledge, connections and great attitude throughout the trip. This was truly an experience of a lifetime and if you plan or ever thinking of moving to Panama this tour is a must! Gary – July 2018 Tour
If you’re ready for a change of scenery, you should come on a Panama Relocation Tour!
If you want to learn how you can actually live a BETTER lifestyle for LESS, you should come on a Panama Relocation Tour!
There is something for everyone in Panama – regardless of your budget. Come see what you’re missing!
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Driving in Panama City is absolutely CRAZY so it is really better to NOT try to drive in Panama City. Hire an Uber or a taxi to get around in Panama City. The public transportation system is easy to use too.
But driving in the rest of Panama is easy… if you follow the rules and know what to expect.
When driving in Panama, you should always carry your passport (or Panama cedula if you have one) and your driver’s license. You cannot get a Panama driver’s license until you get a residency Visa.
Throughout Panama there will be immigration or police check points. If you encounter a check point, they may just wave you through. But usually, they will want to see your passport and driver’s license. They will check the entry stamp on your passport to verify that you are not in Panama illegally. Even though tourist can stay in Panama 6 months, you can only drive on a foreign driver’s license for 3 months. (It’s a crazy law, but it is the law)
They may also ask to see your auto registration documents and valid insurance. If you are renting a car, check the insurance documents in the glove box to make sure they are current before you take the car on the road.
The PanAmerican Highway and some other roads will have no U-Turn signs. You’ll need to go to a “Retorno” place to turn around. There is usually a retorno, just down the road. It’s a $75 fine to do a U-Turn on the PanAmerican Highway (ask me how I know :-).
• The minimum age for drivers is 18;
• You must drive on the right side of the road;
• You must keep the following documents on your person or inside the car at all times: your passport or cedula, your valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, insurance papers, accident report form, Rules of the Road book.
• It is prohibited to be use a cell phone while driving.
• Seat belts must be worn by everyone in the front seat
• Children under 5 years old must be seated in a special car seat in the rear.
If you get a traffic ticket, it must be paid within 48 hours in the province where you got the ticket.
Sometimes a police officer will suggest that you can “work things out” on the spot instead of getting a ticket (aka bribe). It is illegal for them to ask and illegal for you to participate so be very cautious about paying a bribe because it could be a set up.
TOLL ROADS IN PANAMA
Most of Panama’s roads are very good, especially compared to other Latin American countries. There is only one main road that goes East-West across country, called the InterAmerican Highway or the PanAmerican Highway which goes to the Costa Rica border and about 2 hours East of Panama City near the Darien Province. There is no road that connects Panama with Colombia. There is no toll to use the PanAmerican Highway in the interior of Panama.
In Panama City there are toll roads called the Corredor Sur and Corredor Norte but outside of Panama City there are no toll roads.
PANAMA SPEED LIMITS
The maximum speed limit is Panama is 100km (60 miles an hour). As you are driving in to a town, the speed limit will be reduced to 80km or 60km or less. All road signs, speed limits, and most car odometers are in Kilometers. Panama is very strict about speeding. Don’t do it!
Along the PanAmerican Highway, and other areas, there will be traffic police on small motorcycles to monitor traffic and watch out for speeders. They sometimes use a radar gun. If they think you are speeding, they will motion for you to pull over. You should pull over. They will not go chasing after you unless you do not pull over or unless you are driving really crazy.
If you do not stop, the police will take a photo of your license plate and car and upload it to a central system that immigration uses. Eventually, you will need to go through an immigration check point. They will check to see if you have been reported as speeding or breaking other laws. So, yes, eventually, speeding in Panama will catch up with you.
PANAMA DRINKING AND DRIVING LAWS
Panama’s Blood Alcohol Content is a ZERO driving limit. This means that just a small indication on a breathalyzer can result in a drunken driving violation and a maximum $2500 fine. If you are drinking and driving, your car/bus could be impounded too.
It is against the law to have alcohol in any open container anywhere inside a car or bus (We do not allow any alcohol inside the Panama Relocation Tours buses).
Especially during Panamanian holidays, the police could set up a check points in different areas to catch drivers who have been drinking alcohol or have open containers in the vehicle.
DRIVING AT NIGHT IN PANAMA
Extreme caution should be used when driving at night. There could be people wearing dark clothes walking on the road or close to the road. It is hard to see them until you come right up on them. It is common for people to ride bicycles, ride horses or walk along the PanAmerican Highway.
There could also be stray dogs, horses, chickens or cows on the road.
One time I was driving home after dark and a man was passed out right in the middle of the road. Especially at night, it is a good idea to drive slower than the posted speed limit and pay attention to your surroundings.
AFTER YOU GET A VISA…IMPORTANT
Once you get your residency Visa, you must get your Panama driver’s license within 30 days if you plan to drive. To get your Panama driver’s license, you will need to get your current driver’s license authenticated at the Embassy for your country. Most countries have an Embassy in Panama City. Then that document will need to be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Panama City. Once you have these documents, you will need to go to a laboratory to get a blood test to determine your blood type. Your blood type will be on your driver’s license. Then you can go to get your driver’s license. This will require a vision and hearing test. It is $40 for a driver’s license unless you are a pensionado, then it is only $36. Your license will need to be renewed every 4 years. Once you turn 70, you will need to renew your license every 2 years.
If you’re a smoker and planning a trip to Panama, you need to know that there is no smoking allowed in most public places in Panama. This includes no smoking when you are walking down the street. There are very few designated smoking areas where you will be allowed to smoke. Most hotels will have a smoking area outside and away from the entrance. Hotels do not allow smoking in any hotel rooms. All casinos are smoke free. In addition, smoking is not allowed within a specified distance of doorways, outdoor patios of bars or restaurants, parks/beaches, outdoor stadiums, and outdoor markets. These rules applies to vaping too. When you arrive at Tocumen International Airport you will be greeted by the sign below which spells out where you cannot smoke. Panama is hoping to be a completely smoke free country some day soon. For now, you can still buy cigarettes in Panama but it’s possible that Panama could ban the sale of cigarettes.
Every package of cigarettes will have advertising on the front and back to try to convince you not to smoke cigarettes: