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A driving license has an absolutely different design and form depending on the country, its national language, and the region or state where it was issued. When travelling abroad you may find out that your domestic driving license fails to meet standards and is considered invalid. This would be an unpleasant surprise for you but you can avoid it by using to our services.

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Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Brunei
Burundi

  • International Driving License has no legal status.
Driving tips for Burundi:
  • Driving in Burundi is on the right side of the road.
  • The maximum permitted drink drive limit is 10 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • Drive with caution since the local drivers are careless and thoughtless. This is hardly a surprise since driving licences in Burundi can be obtained without proper training.
  • Don’t visit Burundi from February to May during the rainy season.
  • Keep in mind if you have caused a car accident, you will be fined. Your driving licence will be seized for the period of police investigation.
  • The third-party insurance is a must.
  • Some roads in Burundi have no proper markings and traffic lights.
Cameroon

  • Not party to 1949 convention; International Driving License is honored.
  • International Driving License recommended.
Driving tips for Cameroon:
  • Cameroonian roads are dangerous. Believe us we are not dramatizing. Poor road infrastructure and careless driving worsen the situation. Thus, be extremely cautious.
  • Avoid driving at night.
  • Don’t pay bribes.
  • If the police stop you in Cameroon, make sure you have two emergency road triangles, a fire extinguisher, a first-aid kit as well as your valid driving license, an international driving permit, insurance documents, and a so-called “visite technique” (a yearly vehicle inspection).
  • Driving in Cameroon is on the right side of the road.
  • To drive safely in Cameroon, keep your ears and eyes open all the time.
  • The minimum driving age in Cameroon is 16 years.
  • The maximum allowed speed limit is 60 km/h on urban roads, 110 km/h on rural roads. There are no highways in Cameroon.
  • The maximum allowed drink drive limit in Cameroon is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • There is no national law concerning child safety on the road.
Canada

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License recommended.
Driving tips for Canada:
  • Driving in Canada is on the right.
  • Both the driver and the passengers must buckle up. Otherwise, you will be fined up to $500.
  • The maximum allowed drink drive limit is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood (50 mg per 100 ml of blood in some provinces).
  • The maximum allowed speed limit in urban areas is 50 km/h, 80 km/h on highways and 100 km/h on rural roads.
  • The minimum age to drive is 14.
  • The minimum age to rent a car is 21.
  • The third-party insurance is mandatory.
  • Paying bribes is considered to be a serious crime.
  • You are not allowed to use a phone without a hands-free device.
Cyprus
Dominica
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
Honduras
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Liberia
Malawi
Malaysia
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License is recommended. Temporary local licence may be obtained based on national driving licence, but this may be time consuming and more expensive.
Driving tips for Mauritius:
  • Driving in Mauritius is on the left side of the road.
  • Seat belt is a must.
  • The maximum allowed drink drive limit is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • The maximum allowed speed limit on urban roads is 40 km/h, 80 km/h on rural roads and 100 km/h on highways.
  • The minimum age to rent a car is 21 and 18 to drive it.
  • Keep in mind that Mauritians frequently horn to let you know that you are driving too slow.
  • You are prohibited to talk or text while driving in Mauritius.
Micronesia
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine Autonomous
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Rwanda

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License is required.
Driving tips for Rwanda:
  • Rwanda drives on the right.
  • The maximum allowed alcohol level is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood. If the police stop you and find you are drunk, you will be fined and put in prison for 24 hours.
  • The minimum age to drive in Rwanda is 18.
  • Seat belt is a must in Rwanda.
  • The maximum permitted speed limit is 40 km/h in urban areas and 60 km/h in rural areas.
  • Use a hands-free device.
  • If you are found guilty for a fatal accident, you may be sentenced to prison for 3-6 months.
Samoa
Seychelles

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License recommended.
Driving tips for Seychelles:
  • Driving in Seychelles is on the left side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 (16 for motorcycles).
  • The maximum permitted drink drive limit is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • The maximum allowed speed limit is 40 km/h in residential areas and 65 km/h on public roads.
  • Remember to buckle up no matter whether you are a driver or a passenger sitting in the front seat.
  • The minimum rental age is 21. Keep in mind that you should also have 3+ year driving experience.
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Somaliland
South Africa
South Sudan
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
United States of America
Vanuatu

  • International Driving License has no legal status.
Driving tips for Vanuatu:
  • Vanuatu is a right-hand drive country.
  • If you want to overtake, use the left side of the road.
  • The maximum allowed speed limit in urban areas is 50 km/h and 80 km/h in rural areas.
  • Don’t cross a continuous white line.
  • You are allowed to drive a vehicle with wheel chains only in urgent cases.
  • Seat belt is not a must, but advisory.
  • The minimum rental age in Vanuatu is 23.
  • There are no toll roads in Vanuatu.
Zambia
Zimbabwe
French speaking countries.
Algeria
Andorra
Belgium
Benin

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License is required.
Driving tips for Benin:
  • Driving in Benin is on the right side of the road.
  • You must have two warning road triangles, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher in your car.
  • Beware of potholes and unmarked speed bumps.
  • Avoid bribery.
  • There are lots of checkpoints in Benin. Drive defensively and you will face no problems.
  • Avoid night driving.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit place.
  • If you see branches, stones or leaves on the road, that means there is a broken-down vehicle ahead.
  • The maximum allowed speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas and 90 km/h on highways.
  • Do not visit Benin during the rainy season (April-July and September-October in the north of the country, June-September in the south of the country). Roads become dangerous and almost inaccessible.
  • If you decide to rent a car, you’d better choose a four-wheel drive.
  • The maximum allowed drink drive limit in Benin is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood.
Burkina Faso

  • Not party to 1949 convention; International Driving License is honored.
  • International Driving License recommended.
Driving tips for Burkina Faso:
  • Burkina Faso is a right-hand drive country.
  • The maximum permitted speed limit in Burkina Faso is 50 km/h in urban areas and 90 km/h on rural roads.
  • Burkina Faso is one of those countries where it is not illegal to drive intoxicated. Thus, driving there can be dangerous.
  • There is no national seat-belt law in Burkina Faso.
  • There is no national law on child safety on the road.
  • Avoid driving at night.
  • There are almost no traffic lights in Burkina Faso.
  • Driving during the rainy season (from June to September) can be quite dangerous.
Central African Republic

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License is required.
Driving tips for Central African Republic:
  • Central African Republic drives on the right side of the road.
  • The maximum allowed urban speed limit is 60 km/h.
  • The maximum permitted drink drive limit is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • There are checkpoints in Central African Republic where you may be asked to blow into a breathalyzer.
  • Seat belt is a must for everyone.
  • Local drivers tend to violate traffic rules.
  • Talking and texting behind the wheel is forbidden.
  • Avoid travelling to Central African Republic during the rainy season (May-November).
  • If you decide to rent a car, choose a four-wheel drive.
  • The crime rate in Central African Republic is very high. Thus, think twice before going there.
Chad
Comoros
Congo (Brazzaville)

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License is required.
Driving tips for the Republic of the Congo:
  • Driving in the Republic of the Congo is on the right side of the road.
  • The maximum permitted drink drive limit is 10 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • Seat belt is a must only for those who are sitting in the front.
  • The maximum allowed speed limit is 60 km/h in urban areas and 110 km/h in rural areas.
  • The maximum permitted drink drive limit is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • There is no national child restraint law in the Republic of the Congo. Thus, you are to provide safety for your children.
  • Road conditions are quite poor in the Republic of the Congo.
  • Avoid travelling to the Republic of the Congo during the rainy season (November-May).
  • If you decide to rent a car, we recommend you to choose a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Avoid driving at night.
  • Always drive with the windows and doors tightly closed.
  • Beware of armed gangs.
  • Park your car in a well-lit and supervised place.
  • There are lots of checkpoints in the Republic of the Congo. Thus, if you are stopped by the police, stay in your car, don’t leave it. If you are asked to show your documents, show them but through a tightly closed window.
Congo (Democratic Rep.)

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License is required.
Driving tips for the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo drives on the right side of the road.
  • The maximum permitted speed limit on urban roads is 60 km/h. The maximum permitted speed limit on rural roads is 90 km/h. On highways, you are allowed to drive at a speed of 120 km/h.
  • The maximum allowed drink drive limit is 10 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • There are a lot of checkpoints in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where you may be asked to blow into a breathalyzer. Thus, drive sober!
  • Self-drive in the DRC is not possible. Thus, rental agencies provide cars with a driver only.
  • Make sure the windows and doors of your car are tightly closed while driving. Otherwise, you risk being robbed.
  • There are almost no road markings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Avoid night driving due to lack of proper lighting and other dangers.
  • Road traffic fatality rate is very high. Thus, think twice before going to the DRC.
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
France

  • International Driving License is recognized.
Driving tips for France:
  • France drives on the right side of the road with overtaking on the left.
  • You must always give way to public vehicles such as ambulances, police cars, etc.
  • Seat belt is a must for everyone. Keep in mind that a driver whose passengers don’t wear seat belts can be fined.
  • The maximum allowed drink drive limit in France is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • According to French law, all drivers must carry breathalyzers in their cars.
  • Keep in mind that speed limits in France vary according to the weather. The maximum permitted speed limit on highways is 130 km/h in good weather, 110 km/h in rainy weather and only 50 km/h in foggy weather. The maximum allowed speed limit on extra-urban roads is 90 km/h in good weather and 50 km/h in foggy weather. In urban areas, you are allowed to drive at a speed of 50 km/h.
  • You must be 18 years old to drive a vehicle in France.
  • In France, you are prohibited to use safety camera warning devices. Otherwise, you will be fined €1,500.
  • Children under the age of ten are not allowed to sit in the front seats unless you are using a proper child restraint system. When it comes to child safety regulations in France, we should say that weight matters here. For instance, a child who weighs up to 10 kg should be transported in a rear-facing seat in either the front or the back seat of the car. Children whose weight is 13-18 kg should be transported in an appropriate child seat with a harness. Children who weigh up to 36 kg must have a booster seat and wear an adult seat belt. Children weighing less than 10 kg must not sit in the front seats unless you are using an appropriate child restraint system.
  • You must carry a warning road triangle, a reflective vest and a breathalyzer in your car.
  • Giving way to the right when at intersections is a must.
  • In case of numerous driving offences, your car may be confiscated.
  • Hands-free is a must.
Gabon

  • Not party to 1949 convention; International Driving License is honored.
  • International Driving License recommended.
Driving tips for Gabon:
  • Gabon is a right-hand drive country.
  • The minimum age to drive in Gabon is 18 years.
  • The maximum permitted speed limit is 120 km/h on rural roads and 60 km/h in residential areas.
  • The maximum allowed drink drive limit is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • For children under the age of twelve, use a booster seat.
  • Avoid visiting Gabon during the rainy season (October-December, February-May).
  • If you want to rent a car, choose a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Drive with windows and doors tightly closed.
  • Keep in mind that checkpoints are almost everywhere in Gabon. Make sure you have all necessary documents.
Guinea

  • Not party to 1949 convention; International Driving License is honored.
  • All valid driving licences in English should be accepted. Acceptance of driving licences that are not of the European Communities model cannot be guaranteed therefore drivers may wish to voluntarily update them before travelling abroad.
Driving tips for Guinea:
  • Driving in Guinea is on the right side of the road.
  • Road conditions in Guinea are very poor.
  • There are few traffic signs on the roads.
  • Roads have insufficient lighting.
  • Beware of animals and pedestrians bustling in and out.
  • Avoid night driving.
  • Keep in mind that the local policemen and the military often set up checkpoints to extort bribes.
  • Avoid visiting the Republic of Guinea during the rainy season (July-September).
  • The maximum allowed urban speed in Guinea is 60 km/h.
  • The maximum permitted drink drive limit is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • You must be at least 23 to rent a car in Guinea.
  • The third-party insurance is mandatory.
  • There is no national child restraint law in Guinea. Provide an adequate level of safety for your children.
  • Make sure they are safe and sound.
  • Local drivers tend not to wear seat belts. To be on a safe side, always buckle up!
Haiti

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • Both International Driving License and Inter-American Driving Permit are recognized.
  • International Driving License recommended.
  • National driving licenses in English are valid for 90 days.
Driving tips for Haiti:
  • Haiti drives on the right side of the road.
  • You are prohibited to drink and drive in Haiti.
  • Be extremely careful sitting behind the wheel in Haiti since many local drivers have no idea of what traffic rules are.
  • The roads in Haiti are unpaved and unmarked. Beware of potholes. Exercise caution!
  • Beware of animals and careless pedestrians on the road.
  • Though cars must drive on the right side of the road, many local drivers ignore this rule and drive where it is comfortable for them.
  • There are almost no road signs in Haiti.
  • We recommend you not to drive in Port au Prince.
  • Beware of numerous tap-taps in Haiti which often move chaotically.
  • You are not allowed to drink and drive in Haiti. Keep this in mind before whipping off!
  • Avoid night driving.
  • We recommend you to stop at every intersection to check whether there is any oncoming traffic.
  • Drivers in Haiti may be aggressive. Nevertheless, keep calm and drive defensively.
  • In Haiti, if a car is broken down, a driver can leave it on the road even though it blocks the traffic. Several hours or weeks may pass before a driver decides to go back and repair his vehicle.
Italy
Ivory Coast

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License is required.
Driving tips for Ivory Coast:
  • Ivory Coast is a right-hand drive country.
  • The maximum allowed alcohol level is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • The maximum permitted speed limit is 60 km/h on urban roads.
  • There is no national law on child safety on the road. Thus, make sure your child is safe and sound. Use child seats, seat belts and appropriate child restraint systems.
  • There is no national law concerning talking and texting while driving.
  • Drive defensively and stick to the speed limits.
  • Avoid driving after dark due to poorly-lit roads and vehicles.
  • Avoid unofficial roadblocks.
  • Beware of animals on the road.
  • Leaf or grass pile on the road will warn you of a car accident ahead.
  • Avoid travelling to Ivory Coast during the rainy season (May-November).
  • Beware of potholes on the road.
Luxembourg

  • International Driving License is recognized.
Driving tips for Luxembourg:
  • Luxembourg is a right-hand drive country.
  • The maximum allowed speed limit is 50 km/h on urban roads, 90 km/h on rural roads and 130 km/h on highways. However, if your driving experience is less than 2 years, you must drive at a speed of 70 km/h.
  • Seat belt is a must.
  • The maximum permitted drink drive limit is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • The minimum age to drive is 18. The minimum age to rent a car is 23.
  • Hands-free kit is a must.
  • Safety camera warning devices are not illegal.
  • Children from three to eighteen years whose height is less than 1.50 cm are not allowed to sit in the front seats.
  • If a child already weighs more than 36 kg, use a seat belt.
  • There are no toll roads in Luxembourg.
Madagascar

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License recommended.
Driving tips for Madagascar:
  • Driving in Madagascar is on the right side of the road.
  • Seat belt is a must for everyone.
  • The maximum allowed drink drive limit for Madagascar is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • The speed limits depend greatly on weather conditions. The maximum allowed speed limit is 80-100 km/h on public roads and 50 km/h in cities.
  • The minimum age to drive is 18, the minimum age to rent a car is 23.
  • In Madagascar, there are no national laws concerning child safety on the road.
  • The third-party insurance is mandatory.
  • At intersections, always give way to the traffic from the left.
  • Avoid driving after dark.
  • Hands-free kit is a must.
  • There are no road signs in Madagascar. Very few roads conform to the EU standards.
  • There are no toll roads in Madagascar.
Mali

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License recommended.
Driving tips for Mali:
  • In Mali, they drive on the right.
  • The minimum age to drive is 21.The minimum rental age varies from 21 to 24.
  • The maximum permitted speed limit within cities is 40-60 km/h and 100 km/h outside cities.
  • You are prohibited to talk or text while driving.
  • Drive sober in Mali. The maximum allowed drink drive limit is 0 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • The third-party liability insurance is a must.
  • Avoid visiting Mali during the rainy season (June-September).
  • If you decide to rent a car in Mali, choose a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Avoid driving after dark.
  • There are numerous checkpoints in Mali. Practice courtesy on the road and everything will be okay.
  • There are a few toll stations in Mali.The cost depends on the vehicle type.
Mauritania
Monaco

  • International Driving License is recognized.
Driving tips for Monaco:
  • Monaco is a right-hand drive country with overtaking on the left.
  • The minimum rental age is 21. The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Seat belt is a must.
  • No children under the age of 10 are allowed to sit in the front seats of the car. Instead, transport them in a rear seat and use a seat belt or an appropriate child restraint system.
  • Hands-free is a must.
  • The third-party insurance is a must.
  • You must carry a warning road triangle and a reflective vest in your car.
  • The maximum allowed urban speed limit is 50 km/h. The maximum allowed rural speed limit is 50-90 km/h. The maximum permitted speed limit on highways is 110-130 km/h.
  • The maximum allowed alcohol limit is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • There are several parking categories in Monaco. These are: public parking, permanent parking (for the residents of Monaco), night only parking and employee parking (daytime parking in areas close to the workplace).
Niger
Senegal

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License recommended.
Driving tips for Senegal:
  • Driving in Senegal is on the right side of the road.
  • In Senegal, seat belt is a must only for those sitting in the front seats.
  • There is no particular drink drive limit for Senegal. You will be stopped by the police if they think your driving manner is dangerous. You will be charged under the law of driving while intoxicated.
  • The maximum allowed speed limit in Senegal is 80 km/h on public roads and 50 km/h in urban areas.
  • The minimum age to drive in Senegal is 16. If you are going to rent a car, you must be at least 23.
  • If the police stop you for a traffic violation, they will give you a ticket to pay the fine. However, Senegalese police practice fines on site. Thus, your driving license may be confiscated.
  • There are no national laws concerning child safety on the road. Thus, take necessary precautions.
  • The third-party insurance is a must.
  • To be on a safe side, avoid night driving.
  • Hands-free kit is a must.
  • There is enough free parking space in Senegal. However, when parking your car, make sure you don’t obstruct the road.
Switzerland
Togo

  • International Driving License is recognized.
  • International Driving License is required.
Driving tips for Togo:
  • Togo is a right-hand drive country.
  • There is no national speed limit law in Togo. Local drivers take advantage of it and violate traffic rules.
  • Seat belt is a must in Togo.
  • There are no laws that regulate child safety on the road. Thus, take necessary precautions to make sure your child is safe and sound.
  • Beware of potholes, pedestrians bustling in and out, animals and motorcycles.
  • Local drivers tend to run red lights. Keep this in mind.
  • Avoid driving after dark.
  • There are a lot of checkpoints in Togo where you may be provoked to pay a bribe.
  • Expect the unexpected on the Togolese roads. Drive defensively.
  • There is a high risk of being hijacked.

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