Road trips are fun, aren’t they? Just imagine if you could have a road trip while you are in a country other than India! For driving a car in any country, you need a driver’s license. None of us wants to land in jail for driving without a license. But at the same time, applying and getting a license is a huge process within itself.
No one wants to get into the formalities while on a trip. Agree? What if I told you you can drive in many countries around the globe with the driver’s license you already have? Yes! you can drive in some countries using an Indian driving license. Check out the top 10 countries accepting an Indian Driving License.
The United States of America
The USA will give you permission to drive using an Indian driving license for one year. The only condition is that your driving license needs to be in the English language. After the one year uses of your Indian driving license, you need to get a US driving license to continue driving in that country. Along with the Indian driving license you always need to carry a copy of I-94 form which will show the date of entry in the USA. The USA uses the left-hand drive and hence you need to be careful behind the wheel. The USA is the first one on our list of countries accepting an Indian driving license.
Want to see those hopping kangaroos while you drive past them? Well, there’s a piece of good news for you. Australia also lets you drive with an Indian driving license. You can drive any vehicle that your Indian driving license allows you to drive. Also, you can use the license in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory for over a year while the Northern territory lets you drive for 3 months only. Australia has got a right-hand-drive so you adapting to the driving conditions won’t be difficult.
The third one on our list of countries accepting Indian driving license is France. You can drive in France for a year using your Indian driver’s license. France allows you to use it provided you have a French translation of your documents. France uses the left-hand-drive only therefore, you must be careful while you drive on the roads.
New Zealand is another one among the countries accepting an Indian Driving license. Driving through this picturesque country is easy for Indian drivers. You just need to remember a few things. You must be 21 years or older to be able to rent a car in NZ. Also, you must have a valid translation approved by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Another thing to notice is that your permit will last for a year only.
For one year you can use your Indian driving license to drive in the roads of Switzerland. After that, you need to apply for an international driving license in order to continue driving in the country. Although your driving license needs to have your own photograph along with your signature and in mandatory English language.
England, Scotland and Wales let visitors from around the world to drive using their current driving license. You need to keep just one thing in mind. You are allowed to drive only a particular class of vehicle that your license permits you to drive. The UK also has a similar allowance limit of 1 year from the date you enter their premises.
You can easily explore Mauritius by renting a car because Mauritius is also among the countries accepting the Indian driving license. You just need an international driving permit. Also, it is a relatively small island, therefore, you can easily have a single-day spin around Mauritius.
South Africa is the only country who will let you drive with any valid driving license from any country. The only mandatory thing about this is, your driving license needs to have your photograph and signature along within the English language. In case want to purchase a vehicle in the country, then you need to apply for the international driving license in order to drive in South Africa.
Another beautiful nation that will allow you to drive on an Indian driving license is-Norway. The land of the Nothern Lights is an absolute delight to visit. It is even more delightful if you drive through the roads yourself. You can surely do this using your Indian driving license. The government allows you to drive for a span of 3 months using the already existing Indian driving license. Just make sure its valid throughout.
The last one on our list of countries accepting an Indian Driving license is – Malaysia. You can drive through the beautiful city of Singapore. Just make sure, you have your Indian driving license with you and it is valid. Also, you need an international driving permit to be able to drive legally in Malaysia.
These were the 10 countries accepting an Indian driving license as of now.
Source – gomechanic