Taking a Road Trip Abroad? 12 Countries Where Your Indian Driving licence is Valid

wooDon’t like the freedom to explore a new place in your vehicle? If you are above 18 years of age and have a valid Indian driving license, it is possible anywhere in India. But what if you want to be behind the wheel in a foreign country? is Indian driving license valid?

Surprisingly, many countries do not require an International Driving Permit (IDP) and allow you to move around using your driving license. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with driving on both the left and right sides of the road before starting your journey.

So, here is the list of 12 countries you can visit where Indian driving licenses are valid.

1. United Kingdom:

Driving Side: Left

You can drive through beautiful rural streets, coastal roads and mountain passes in the United Kingdom using an Indian driving license for one year. It is valid in Great Britain which includes England, Wales and Scotland. You are not allowed to drive all vehicles but only a specific class of vehicles as mentioned in your license. However, make sure your license is in English.

2. Germany

Driving Side: Right

Germany allows Indian tourists and residents of the country to drive using an Indian license without any hassle for six months. However, the license must be in either English or German. Having an International Driving Permit is also recommended in Germany, although it is not mandatory.

3. France

Driving Side: Right

Taking to the streets in France is the best way to explore the beautiful country. Fortunately, Indian tourists can legally drive on French roads for a year with a valid Indian license. However, it is mandatory to have a license in French, which can be obtained through French Embassy,

4. New Zealand

Driving Side: Left

The scenery of New Zealand is nothing short of picture-perfect and driving across the country through the diverse terrain will be fascinating. So, if you are planning to visit New Zealand, carry your Indian driving license which will be valid for one year.

However, you must be at least 21 years of age to drive. Also, make sure the license is in English.

5. Sweden

Driving Side: Right

With picturesque countryside, sandy beaches and red cottages, Sweden is another European country that is perfect for a road trip. An Indian driving license is valid in the country only if the license is in English, Swedish, German, Danish, Norwegian or French.

6. Switzerland

Switzerland

Driving Side: Right

Switzerland’s beautiful roads take you through the Swiss Alps, crossing countless mountain tunnels and winding along lakes, making it one of the best places for a road trip. The Indian license is valid in Switzerland for one year as long as you keep a copy of it in English.

7. Australia

Driving Side: Left

Another country that allows an Indian driving license, Australia lets you drive on their roads for a year in provinces such as New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian capital. You can also drive in the province of the Northern Territory but only for three months. However, the license must be in English and you can only drive the permitted class of vehicles as per your license.

8. South Africa

South Africa

Driving Side: Left

South Africa’s beautiful towns and countryside are best visited by road. Make sure your license is renewed, printed in English and with your photograph on it. But also note that there are some vehicle-hire agencies that ask for an International Driving Permit.

9. Hong Kong

Driving Side: Left

Indian tourists are allowed to drive on the roads of Hong Kong if they have a valid driving license from their home country. But the license will be valid for one year only.

10. Singapore

Driving Side: Left

If you are traveling to Singapore, you can use your Indian driving license for one year. Make sure the license document is in English. After one year, one would need an international driving licence.

11. Malaysia

Malaysia

Driving Side: Left

Although Malaysia is well connected with a proper public transport system, traveling by road allows you to explore the country in its entirety. Less explored small towns, mountains, lakes and rainforests can be reached by traveling via roads. Indian license to drive on Malaysian roads must be in either English or Malay language, which must be verified and verified by the issuing authority or the Indian Embassy in Malaysia.

12. Bhutan

Driving Side: Left

One of the quietest neighboring countries of India, Bhutan lets you drive across the country using your Indian driving license. The country allows tourists to drive both two wheelers and four wheelers. If you are taking your Indian registered vehicle for a walk, make sure you have a vehicle permit.

(Edited by Yoshita Rao)


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