Tips For Driving Abroad
Driving Licence And International Driving Permit
Driving holidays abroad can be tremendous fun but there are a few things to consider before setting-off. First and foremost, your full Great British or Northern Irish driving licence allows you to motor through Europe and the European Economic Area (plus Switzerland). This includes: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. However, an International Driving Permit is required – or highly recommended – if you travel further afield. There are two types of permit which complement rather than replace your driving licence. Permit 1926 relates to Brazil, Burundi, Iraq, and Somalia whereas Permit 1946 refers to a large list of countries including the U.S.A., Turkey, Thailand, Jordan, Bosnia, and Japan. Inevitably, though, rules vary from place to place so it is important to research your destination. Permit 1946, for example, is recommend for Peru but not required for trips of less than thirty days. Furthermore, 1946 must be exchanged for a local licence in Nepal after fifteen days, but converted immediately in Burma. Driving Permits cost from £5.50 via a Post Office, The Automobile Association (AA), and The Royal Automobile Club (RAC).