We don’t have to stress about getting an international license in order to drive in foreign countries. There are a notable number of countries that allow Indians to drive using their license and we don’t have to worry about it. Debolin Sen of travel major Cox & Kings was of the opinion about Indian travellers that they are becoming ‘more adventurous’ and looking for provoking travel experiences like a self-drive holiday.
“For self-drive holidays, the US, western Europe, and New Zealand are the most popular countries (for Indians). These countries also offer better infrastructure for driving, which makes them a safe bet,” Sen said.
When asked in which foreign trips can Indians drive with their domestic licence, Cox & Kings listed as follows. “Most states in USA allow Indians to drive up to a year with an Indian driving license. The license must be in English and valid. Another document that one needs is the copy of the I-94 form that mentions the date of your entry in the US,” it said.
“Indian driving licence is allowed in France provided you carry its French translation along. It’s valid for a year only. Indians can drive on the roads of England, Scotland and Wales with the Indian passport up to a year. However, there are restrictions on the type of vehicle that can be used. Norway also offers a self-drive opportunity on an Indian driving licence for up to three months from the date of entry,” the travel major said.
Destinations, where Indian licence is valid for a year, include Switzerland and New Zealand. For a fact, in New Zealand, drivers must be at least 21 years old in a bid to rent a car and carry an official translation of licence granted by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Germany also lets Indians drive with the desi license on their roads for up to 6 months from the date of entry. As far as South Africa is concerned, Indian driving license is allowed if it is in English and has the picture and signature of the driver. But, renting a car requires calls for an international license in South Africa.
Originally Published In The Times Of India