10 Countries Where You can Drive with Your Indian Driving License

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How many road trips have you taken till date? You have explored only India till now by road? You dream to drive on international roads, but not sure how to get around with a license? Hold on! We have some good news for you. Here is our list of countries which allow you to drive with a valid Indian driving license. Shocked? Better not be, because many road-friendly nations across the globe have made road trips actually easier than we can think. So, carry your home license and roll the wheels down the postcard-like landscape far away from the Indian territory.


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The German Fairy Tale Road | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetands0ur/12952048845/in/

Indian tourists are permitted to drive in Germany for a period of six months from their date of arrival in the country with a valid Indian license. To avoid hassles, get a translated copy of your Indian driving license from any German diplomatic mission. Also, many roads in Germany have no speed limits. Hit with four wheels and discover Germany, a country of fairy tales.


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Road from Niagara Falls to Washington | Photo Credit: Chandrima Mitra

Home to some of the most amazing driving routes of the world, United States of America is a country to explore by road. USA allows to drive with Indian driving license, as long as it is in English. Get an International Driving Permit and I-94 form as proves of your date of arrival in the country. Your are permitted to drive for one year from the date of arrival.


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The Great Ocean Road, Australia | Photo Credit: Akshay Saxena

Do you know that you can drive through Canberra, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia simply with your Indian driving license? While you make sure that the driving license is in English, also remember that Australia allows to drive those vehicles that your Indian license allows permit. The country gives three months to explore it on wheels.


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Route Napoleon | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sruefenacht/8626476345/in/

Take along a French translated copy of your Indian driving license and drive through the scenic locales of France for one year. A country rich in culture, artificial edifices and natural wonders, France should be explored by road.

New Zealand

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East Cape Region of New Zealand | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew-int/5237534002/in/

Are you 21 years of age with a valid Indian license? If so, then your are eligible to hit New Zealand roads whenever you wish to. However, remember that you are permitted to drive only those vehicles which your Indian license allows you to. If the license is partially in English, get it translated from New Zealand Transport Agency or a government recognized translator. You will have one whole year to explore this small yet postcard like country along the Pacific.


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St. Gotthard Pass | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bocket/3570853470/in/

Scenic Switzerland dotted by Swiss Alps, turquoise lakes and green meadows, is everyone’s dream destination. A journey to this magical country will turn more breathtaking when you will explore it with your own Indian driving license. Swiss authority allows Indians to drive with their English version of home license for one year.

Great Britain

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Highland Fling: Scotland’s Back Garden | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mckay85/3498340214/in/

Great Britain which includes England, Scotland and Wales allows Indians to drive with their home country’s license for one year. However, make a note that you will be allowed to drive only those vehicles which your Indian license permit. So folks, get ready for a long drive along the pictorial British countryside.

South Africa

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The Road to Bethlehem | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kartaba/14494374823/in/

Breathtaking cliffs, vivid flora and unique fauna-this is South Africa, a country that grew up to a paradise for nature lovers. Here, you are eligible to drive through the country’s enticing roads with Indian license. Make sure it is in English and contains your photo and signature. Carry along an International Driving Permit as many car rental companies ask for it while hiring.


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The Road to Lion Mountain | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22674911@N00/2689172759/in/

The fascinating island of Mauritius is a driver’s paradise. Carry your Indian license and drive in pleasure along the sandy beaches of Mauritius. Note that the driving license has to be in English and you can drive those vehicles that are permitted by home license for four weeks. Carry International Driving Permit to rent cars easily.


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The Atlantic Road | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/82134796@N03/14888786881/in/

If road expedition in a foreign land is what you dream of, then grab a ticket to Norway. An Indian tourist with his valid Indian license in English language can drive around the country for a period of three months.

Endless roads, somewhere lined by mountains, somewhere by water bodies and somewhere by forests, is something that embraces one with the pleasure of driving. Laid back villages or lively cities come in the middle of road trips as reflections of a country’s cultural backdrop. Take a break wherever you wish to, linger longer, admire the landscape and bring back some mesmerizing clicks of the unhindered countryside you come across while driving in these distant nations.

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