International Driving Permits (IDP)

Some European countries accept an Australian driver's license; however, most countries will require an International Driving Permit. This is used as a legal identification document and has the information relating to the Australian driver's license translated into 11 foreign languages.

The International Driving Permit is used as a supplement to the Australia driver's license and you need to obtain it before your departure.

International Driving Permit Authorities in Australia
To obtain an International Driving Permit, please contact the relevant International Driving Permit authority in your state:


New Zealand Drivers - Organise an IDP

At your local AA Centre or AA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agent

Countries which require an IDP

Country
Continent
Country Code
Side of Driving
Note
Algeria
Africa
D2
Right
-
Argentina
America
RA
Right
-
Austria
Europe
A
Right
-
Belgium
Europe
B
Right
-
Bermuda
America
-
Left
-
Bolivia
America
BOL
Right
-
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Europe
BIH
Right
11
Brazil
America
BR
Right
-
British Virgin Islands
America
-
Right
-
Bulagaria
Europe
BG
Left
-
Cambodia
Asia
K
Right
-
Central African Republic
Africa
RCA
Right
-
Chile
America
RCH
Right
-
Egypt
Africa
ET
Right
-
Georgia
Europe
GE
Right
-
Greece
Europe
GR
Right
-
Hungary
Europe
H
Right
-
India
Asia
IND
Left
-
Indonesia
Asia
RJ
Left
-
Israel
Southwest Asia
IL
Right
-
Italy
Europe
I
Left
-
Jamaica
America
JA
Left
-
Japan
Asia
J
Left
-
Jordan
Southwest Asia
HJK
Right
-
Korea
Asia
ROK
Right
-
Macau
Asia
-
Left
-
Malaysia
Asia
MAL
Left
-
Mexico
America
MEX
Left
-
Peru
America
PE
Right
-
Poland
Europe
PL
Right
-
Portugal
Europe
P
Right
-
Romania
Europe
RO
Right
-
Saudi Arabia
Southwest Asia
SA
Right
9
Singapore
Asia
SGP
Left
-
Solomon Islands
Australasia
-
Left
-
Somalia
Africa
SO
Left
-
South Africa
Africa
ZA
Left
-
Spain
Europe
E
Right
-
Sri Lanka
Asia
CL
Left
-
Syria
Southwest Asia
SYR
Left
-
Tahiti
Australasia
F
Left
-
Taiwan (Nat/Republic)
Asia
RC
Right
-
Thailand
Asia
T
Left
-
Ukraine
Europe
UA
Right
6
Vatican City
Europe
V
Right
-
Vietnam
Asia
VN
Right
-
Zaire (Congo)
Africa
RCB
Right
-

We recommend taking an IDP to these countries

Country
Continent
Country Code
Side of Driving
Note
Bangladesh
Asia
BD
Left
-
Barbados
America
BDS
Left
1
Canada
America
CDN
Right
-
Croatia
Europe
HR
Right
-
Czech Republic
Europe
CZ
Right
-
Denmark
Europe
DK
Right
-
Estonia
Europe
EW
Right
-
Finland
Europe
FIN
Right
-
France
Europe
F
Right
-
French Polynesia
South Pacific
F
Right
-
Germany
Europe
D
Right
-
Ghana
Africa
GH
Right
4
Honduras
America
-
Right
-
Iran
Southwest Asia
IR
Right
-
Ireland
Europe
IRL
Left
-
Liechtenstein
Europe
FL
Right
-
Lithuania
Europe
LT
Right
-
Luxembourg
Europe
L
Right
-
Malta
Europe
M
Left
7
Mauritius
Africa
MS
Left
-
Netherlands
Europe
NL
Right
-
New Caledonia
South Pacific
F
Right
-
New Zealand
Australasia
NZ
Left
8
Northern Ireland
Europe
GB
Left
-
Pakistan
Asia
PK
Left
-
Philippines
Asia
RP
Right
-
Slovakia
Europe
SK
Right
-
Slovenia
Europe
SLO*
Right
-
Sweden
Europe
S
Right
-
Tunisia
Africa
TN
Right
6
Turkey
Europe
TR
Right
-
Uganda
Africa
EAU
Left
6
United Arab Emirates
Southwest Asia
UAE
Right
4
United Kingdom
Europe
GB
Left
-
USA
America
USA
Right
-
Uruguay
America
ROU
Right
6
Yemen Republic
Southwest Asia
YAR
Right
6
Yugoslavia
Europe
YU
Right
-
Zambia
Africa
Z*
Left
-
Zimbabwe
Africa
ZW
Left
-

An IDP is not currently required in these countries.

Country
Continent
Country Code
Side of Driving
Note
Australia
Australasia
AUS
Left
-
Belize
Americas
BH
Right
-
Botswana
Afica
RB
Left
2
Cyprus
Europe
CY
Left
-
El Salvador
Americas
ES*
Right
6
Fiji
South Pacific
FJI
Left
-
Hong Kong
Asia
HK
Left
-
Kenya
Africa
EAK
Left
6
Monaco
Europe
MC
Right
-
Norway
Europe
N
Right
-
Papua New Guinea
Australasia
PNG
Left
-

Note column definitions

  • A fee is required for a visitors Driving Permit on presentation of a valid current national Driving Licence.
  • An International Driving Permit is generally required for car hire.
  • A Temporary Licence is required from the Traffic Department of China - apply 2 months in advance. Visitors are not allowed to drive themselves without special permission from the tour company.
  • A Visitors Driving Licence will be exchanged for a National Driving Licence and will be returned on departure. Some countries have a 90 day maximum.
  • Visitors may apply to the Issuing Authority for a Local Driving Licence and must have a valid National Driving Licence.
  • 90 days.
  • Apply to the Traffic Branch of Port Louis for a Temporary Driving Permit (not on following list).
  • All National Driving Licences are recognised.
  • Women are not allowed to drive.
  • Apply to the Local Issuing Authority with your National Driving Licence.
  • The National Driving Licence and IDP's are not legally accepted, but we recommend carrying them.

More information
Neither the IDP nor a current Driving Licence is valid in the Cook Islands, Tonga, China and Samoa, but a Visitor's Driving Licence can be obtained after arrival, upon production of the current Driving Licence to the authorities and payment of a fee.

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