Once you move to Panama, you have to open your mind to new stuff or to old stuff, depending on your point of view!
Paying Your Utility Bills in Panama is no exception!
I am sure you already noticed that there is no mail service in Panama. I mean, there is one but not the one we are used to wether we’re coming from North America or Europe. So, no USPS guy here…
As a result, your utility bills are slid under your door if you live in a condo or just stuck in your main gate if you live in a house with an outdoor gate. Interesting, right! No matter if it rains or not, your electricity bill has been delivered! Sometimes, if you don’t get it the same day, you will have to dry it off hoping you can still read it after… Same thing with water or phone and internet services!
Well, this is how it was when we moved to Panama in January 2014. Now, things are improving. You can subscribe to receive your bills online and sometimes it works! 😀
Once you get your bill, as you assume, there is no return envelope! What did you expect!?! Still in the improvement process, some banks offer you to pay online. Not all of them though.
If your bank is not offering the service yet, you have to PHYSICALLY go pay your bills.
There are several options to do so:
|Go to each utility office and pay directly||Kind of a hassle since they are not usually located one next to the other!|
|Pay at an “e-pago” kiosk||Usually located next to shopping centers, they only accept cash and sometimes don’t work…|
|Pay at an “e-pago” office||There are offices dedicated to collect payments. They usually only take cash as well.|
|Go to the bank||Some banks (Banco General for instance) have deposit slips already filled with the bank account of the company you need to pay.
You just have to add your information and deposit to the bank teller.
Depending on the waiting line, could be a good option.
|Western Union||Only cash as well but you can pay your bills there.|
Paying your bills in Panama can appear as a challenge especially if you don’t speak Spanish. This is part of our offering and we also propose this service “a la carte” in case you want to save you some time. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information, remember our only goal is to make you enjoy your time in Panama.
Until next time…