International driver’s license – is it necessary?

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The international driver’s license is an additional document to the national driver’s license and contains information about the ability to drive a motor vehicle in several languages. It allows international authorities to quickly determine whether you can drive a car and provides all the necessary information.

Why is an international driver’s license needed?

The international driver’s license authorizes you to drive a motor vehicle outside the EU and allows the resident authorities to verify this quickly and easily. Carrying an international driver’s license is required by many car rental companies.

When and how should I look for an international driver’s license?

Since some countries do not issue an international driver’s license to tourists, it is advisable to take care of it before starting your trip.

The document is recommended in countries outside Europe; in some countries (such as South Africa), it is even mandatory. The international driver’s license is available from automobile clubs. You need your (national) driver’s license, a photo, and about 20 euros.

The international driving license is valid for one year from the issue date and only in conjunction with the national driving license.

For the issuance, you need the following documents

your national driving license (original)
a passport photo

In which countries is an international driver’s license required?

We have compiled an alphabetically sorted list of countries for the international driver’s license. You will need an international driver’s license in the following countries, among others:

A: Egypt, Albania, Australia
B: Brazil
I: India, Indonesia, Israel
K: Colombia, Cuba
M: Morocco
N: Namibia
S: Sri Lanka, South Africa
T: Thailand, Tunisia
V: United Arab Emirates
Particular case USA: In principle, the Austrian driver’s license in translated form is sufficient. However, many rental car companies require an international driver’s license. Therefore, we recommend issuing an international driver’s license for trips to the USA.

For countries within the EU and the EEA, you do not need an international driver’s license.

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