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Travelling is one of the most loved hobbies by almost everyone. Driving while you are in a foreign country is the best thing for travellers who do not want to miss the country's scenic beauty, authentic street food, and roadside markets. It gives you complete control of your journey and avoids dependency on local transportation. You are free to stop anywhere in your self-driven car, and if you can drive on an Indian license, it's the cherry on the cake.
Indian license is not only valid in India but also in a handful of foreign countries. You should be aware of whether your Indian license will allow you to drive on foreign roads if you plan to move to a different nation. We have listed down the countries accepting Indian Driving License to help you assess if you could drive on the same license.
United States of America(USA)
The USA is one of the most desired countries for most Indians. If you are planning to move to the US, you must know that you can drive in the country for a year from the date of your entry. Make sure that you have your valid documents in place. Apart from your valid DL, the I-94 form with the date of your entry into the USA is also mandatory.
Germany allows Indian citizens to drive on an Indian license for six months from their arrival. However, your DL must be translated into German. You will have to get a permit to drive within the country once you complete 6 months in the country.
The country known for its beaches and rainforests allows travellers to drive with Indian DL. However, you also need to hold an international driving permit along with a valid Indian Driving License.
You can see those beautiful castles, towns, villages and magnificent landscapes while driving in the UK. England, Scotland, and Wales allow driving with Indian DL (should be in English) for one year in the UK. However, travellers with Indian DL are permitted to take only specific vehicle classes.
Australia is one of the most loved destinations for Indians for its beaches and Islands. Whether on vacation or for work, your Indian Driving License would be acceptable in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia or Queensland; your Indian licence would be considered valid for more than a year. However, in the country’s Northern regions, the license is valid for up to just three months.
You can drive in the Island country, New Zealand, with Indian DL if you are 21 or above. You need to ensure that your DL is in English or authorized by the New Zealand Transport Agency. The license will be valid for up to a year upon arrival in the country. However, if you plan to stay longer, opt for an IDP or a Driving License in Newzealand.
Switzerland is fantasized by most Indians for its scenic beauty and snow-clad mountains. You can witness the beauty of this paradise with your Indian Driving License for one year. Please make sure that your DL is in English.
South Africa, the Paradise for wildlife lovers, has so many exciting things to do; driving on the zig-zag roads makes it adventurous. You can drive a rented car with your Indian DL, provided that it is in English along with your signature and photograph.
A road trip in Sweden with your Indian DL is accessible in the nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains for one year. It should either be in English or Swedish, German, Norwegian or French. Additionally, carry your valid ID proof and go through the local traffic rules and follow them strictly to avoid any road chaos.
One of the finest International Destinations, Singapore allows 18 years or above Indians to drive with their Indian DL for a year provided that it is translated into English. Once you complete 12 months, you will have to get a Singapore Driving license to continue driving in the country.
This list of foreign countries accepting Indian driving licenses gives you an overview of the countries you plan to travel to. It is always easy if you go prepared to the countries that allow you to drive with your Indian DL for a specific period of time.
So, get ready to explore the world's enchanting beauty via a road trip with your Indian DL. Moreover, do not forget to opt for Care Health Insurance's International Travel Insurance to safeguard yourself against any sort of contingency while travelling. It keeps you protected and bears your medical and non-medical travel risks so that you bring only memories to your home.
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