Films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara make the prospect of a foreign road trip very alluring. Driving through scenic locations with your friends and family was added to the bucket lists and travel itineraries of the young and old alike.
However, getting an international driving license and having the dream road trip is not an easy proposition in reality.
The Goyals from Delhi were all excited for their Europe trip. Only a week before their departure, they learnt that an Indian driving license would not allow them to drive there. With less than a week left for their trip, they had to drop all plans of hiring a car and driving through the European countryside.
In a bid to lure more Indians to visit their countries, the rules that mandated the need for an international driving license are now being relaxed.
Here are the countries which validate your Indian driving license and allow you to drive on their territory.
1. Great Britain
With a valid Indian driving license and an Indian passport, you can drive around England, Scotland and Wales. According to the official website of the UK government, a motorbike and a small car can be driven with these documents.
2. South Africa
As long as your driver’s license is in English, carries your recent photograph, and has your signature, the authorities will permit you to drive here. If, however, you are renting the car from a rental agency, then you will require an international driver’s license.
Driving on the autobahn is a popular experience for many Indian tourists. The infrastructure is of top-notch quality. Indians are permitted to drive here with their Indian license for up to six months from the date on which they entered the country. If you’re considering a road trip to Germany, you will not regret it.
One of the major attractions of visiting Norway is the Northern Lights. With an Indian driving license, you can drive in Norway for up to three months of entering the country.
So go ahead and plan your holiday.
5. The United States of America
Most states within the USA allow Indians with a valid Indian driving license to drive up to a year. Do ensure that the license is in English. You will also need to carry the I-94 form with you, which specifies the date on which you entered the country.
Yet another country that is frequented by desi tourists. With a valid Indian driving license, you will be permitted to drive in France, provided you carry its French translation with you. Do note that it will be valid only for one year.
Armed with this information, we hope you can plan your next international road trip soon enough. As for the Goyals, they will now be able to drive through the beautiful English countryside on their next road trip.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)