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International Driving Permit in 2018 – In Which Countries Do You Need It

Having your International Driving Permit is not necessary for all countries, but we recommend you get one, especially if you travel a lot abroad – your own or rented cars.

Oh, right! What is an International Driving Permit:

International Drivers Permit (or IDP in short) or International Driving Licence (IDL) is an official document that validates your driving license in other countries. For validation of your IDP, you need to have - of course – a valid driving license.
 
IDP is a requirement for hiring a car in over 140 countries. We need to warn you that driving without IDP can result in very high fees, so if you don't consider yourself as a gambler – get your IDP.
 
How does IDP look like? IDP is a multi-language translation of your driving license, slightly larger than your passport and accompanied by your photo and vital statistics.

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In which countries do you NEED an IDP?

In some countries, it is illegal to drive without your International Driving Permit. It depends however where you're coming from - for example:  If your driving license is issued in the UK, you won't need your IDP for Spain, Italy, France, Portugal or other EU countries, while you will need an IDP when traveling to the USA.  
 
An international driving permit (IDP) is required or recommended in the following countries:
 
Afganistan

An international driving permit (IDP) is required.

Albania An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Algeria An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Angola An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Argentina An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Armenia An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Australia An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Austria An international drivers permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU residents. We recommend you carry your IDP and your state driver's license with you at all times. For more information, click here.
Azerbaijan A valid driving license is accepted when accompanied by a certified translation into Azerbaijani.
Bahrain An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Belarus An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Belgium An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Benin An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Bermuda Visitors aren't allowed to drive.
Bhutan An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Bolivia After 3 months international driving permit needs to be endorsed by Servicio Nacional de Transito. For more information, click here.
Brazil An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended. After 6 months it is mandatory to apply for a local license.  For more information, click here.
Brunei An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Bulgaria An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Burkina Faso An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Cameroon An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Cape Verde Isles An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Cayman Isles An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Central African Republic An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Chile An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
China A temporary driving permit is needed. For more information, click here.
Colombia An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Costa Rica An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Croatia An international drivers permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU residents.
Cuba A valid driving license is accepted.
Denmark An international drivers permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU residents.
Dominican Republic An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Ecuador An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Egypt An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
El Salvador An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Estonia A valid driving license is accepted.
Ethiopia The IDP isn't recognized, you can get a temporary license from the local authority.
Finland An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
France An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Gambia You can get a temporary license from the local authority.
Ghana An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Greece An international driving permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU citizens.
Guatemala An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Haiti An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Honduras An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Hong Kong An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Iceland An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
India An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Indonesia An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Iran An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Iraq An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Ireland An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Israel An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Italy An international driving permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU residents.
Jamaica If your driver's license doesn't have a stamped photograph, an international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Japan An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Jordan An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Kazahstan An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Kirghizistan An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Kuwait An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Laos An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Latvia An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Lebanon An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Lithuania An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Luxembourg An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Macao An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Madagascar An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Malaysia An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Mali An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Malta An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Martinique An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Mauritius An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Mexico An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Moldova An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Monaco An international driving permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU citizens.
Morocco An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended. 
Namibia An international driving permit (IDP) is required if your driving license is not in English. 
Nepal An international driving permit (IDP) is required and valid for 15 days. After 15 days local license is required. 
New Zealand An international driving permit (IDP) is required. 
Nicaragua An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Niger An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Pakistan An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Panama An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended. 
Papua New Guinea An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Philippines An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Portugal An international driving permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU citizens. 
Reunion An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Romania An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Russia An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Rwanda An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Samoa An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Saint-Martin An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Senegal An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Serbia An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Singapore An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Slovakia An international driving permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU residents.
Slovenia An international driving permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU residents.
Somalia An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
South Africa An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Spain An international driving license is required for all non-EU residents.
Sri Lanka An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Sudan An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Swaziland An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Sweden An international driving license is required for all non-EU residents.
Switzerland An international driving license is required for all non-EU residents.
Syria An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Taiwan An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Tajikistan An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Tanzania An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Thailand An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Togo An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Tunisia An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Turkey An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Turkmenistan An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Ukraine An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
United Arab Emirates An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
United Kingdom An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Uruguay An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
USA An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended. Some states require an IDP, in addition to a valid license from own country. For more information, click here. 
Uzbekistan An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Venezuela An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Vietnam An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Zaire An international driving permit (IDP) is required.
Zambia An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended.
Zimbabwe An international driving permit (IDP) is required.

 

How much does IDP cost?

It depends. The price ranges from 15 USD in the US to 22 EUR in European Union countries.

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