Which Countries Require An International Driving Permit?
With the easing of lockdown in the UK and some of our favourite holiday destinations opening up, it is going to be worth getting up to speed with any prerequisites if you are planning on taking you car to another country.
You may need International Driving Permit which can be purchased from the Post Office for a nominal fee of 5.50.
When you visit your local Post Office branch you will need to take your full photo driving license and a passport sized photo. If you only have a paper driving license you will be required to take a valid passport with you too.
There are three different types of International Driving Permit or IDP for short, the 1926, 1949 or 1968 permit, each one represents the year the agreement was founded. You will need to make sure you have the correct one for the country you are travelling to/will be driving in.
Do I Need An International Driving Permit in EU countries post BREXIT?
The good news is, your UK driving license is valid post BREXIT, this was part of the UK’s exit agreement. There are however some additional considerations when travelling to EU countries. You will need something called a Green Card which you can get from your insurer and should also have a GB sticker on your car. We covered in detail post BREXIT driving in Europe here.
There are a few exceptions; residents of Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man will require a 1968 International Driving Permit to drive in EU countries. The same also applies to those who only have a UK paper driving license.
Which Countries Outside of the EU require An International Driving Permit?
There are around 150 countries that require you to have one of the three International Driving Permits, some countries may allow you stay and drive for a certain period without one. The Government website here has a full up to date list of all countries requiring an IDP and any special circumstances.
If you are still in any doubt you could also contact the UK Embassy or Tourist Information Office of the relevant country.
Other Considerations and Requirements When Driving Abroad
You may need your V5C logbook with you or if you plan on using a hire car or are leasing a vehicle, you may need a document called a VE103.
Some countries require you to carry a breakdown kit (notably required in some EU countries), make sure you check before travelling. The kit would usually include things like reflective jackets (one each for driver and any passengers), a warning triangle and first aid kit.
Doing your homework and making sure you are prepared with all the correct paperwork before travelling should make your life a lot easier.