A list of Greek Consulates in the U. It's a good idea to get one if you'll be driving in Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, or Spain — countries where you're technically required to carry a permit. Apply for an International Driving Permit For citizens of the United States, the U. I did for Scotland-- drove around by myself, and was really glad that I had taken the extra insurance. All photographs appearing on this site are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. The answer isn't going to change! Crossing Borders Your car comes with the paperwork you need to drive wherever you like throughout most of Europe always check when booking. HappyTrvlr and flanneruk There is some confusion here.
Play it safe by for the state s in which you plan to drive. Our plan had been to rent a car right away, but if this is something we could get once we got there we could swap things up and do the part requiring a car later. It's seldom needed, but always helpful if you happen to encounter the police accident, ticket, etc. For stays more than 185 days in Greece: A Greek license is required. You'll be in a foreign country and there won't be a claims adjustor handy. Licenses: To renew or replace a U.
We encourage you to contact the Greek Consulate for current detailed information regarding this procedure. I was once in an accident in a foreign country. What Are International Driving Permits? Central Athens area restricts car access to reduce congestion, but these restrictions do not apply to rental cars or those owned by foreigners in the country for a short stay. Rental car agents aren't government authorities. Children 10 years old or younger are required to sit in the back seat. Gathering such information from across the globe can seem intimidating, so your safest bet is to check with the country's embassy or consulates within the United States.
Don't rely on the automatic insurance your credit card claims to provide you. Some Greek rental car agencies rent cars to tourists without informing them of problems that might occur if one is driving without the proper documentation. Under Italian Law and Austrian Law one does need to have the International Drivers Permit which translates your home drivers license information into something like 15 different languages. Temporary Driver Licenses cannot be converted. The translation is what is necessary so others who read different languages can interpret our licenses.
Don't need to be a member, you just walk in. Foreign Drivers in the United States You must have a valid driver license to drive in the United States—especially if you plan to rent a car, which is common among foreign visitors. Good to be on the safe side, and I really appreciate the advice to take pictures of the before I even get in it. You already have one of those. There were three cars involved. Excerpts of texts published in this page and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Greek Travel Pages — gtp. Drivers over age 70 may have trouble renting in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Greece, Northern Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey; drivers over 80 may have trouble in Denmark.
Contact the agency for details. Getting an International Drivers license is not the hassle it used to be and there are companies that offer them on-line. All that matters is whether or not the laws of any of the countries you will be driving in require that you have one. Additionally, you might be able to apply while you're already abroad. That said, I've never been asked to show one. One morning a and I backed up at the same time and our bumpers met. For emergencies dial 112 for multi-language help.
If you are stopped by the police for any reason and do not have one you could be in real trouble. Our rental car agency insisted that we have it before I received the keys to the car. People who rent cars say you need them almost nowhere. Other nationals should have an International Drivers License, though in practice, a recognizable photo license is usually accepted. StCirq makes a point I want to comment on. Some states issue licenses only to those who actually reside in that state; if an applicant no longer resides in the U.
But in both countries it is a legal requirement to have one. Those foreigners who do live in Athens must follow the odd-even license plate rules which allow you to circulate in the center of the city depending on what number your plates end with. Greece holds the record of the highest car accident rate in Europe. If the law requires it, then you could have a problem if you don't have it. All of the guidebooks said that the police will ask you for the international license immdiately whenever you are ticketed or are involved in an accident overseas.
Learn the Rules of the Road As a driver in a foreign country, it's crucial you understand the local rules of the road. If all goes well, you'll likely never be asked to show it — but the permit is a must if you end up dealing with the police. I've read in various places that an International drivers license is required in i. If you're over 69, you may be required to pay extra to rent a car in the Republic of Ireland, where the official age limit is 75 although some rental companies will rent to those ages 76—79 if they provide extensive proof of good health and safe driving. And in that regard I also encourage you to take out the local insurance offered when you pick up the , as much coverage as you can get. The Greek Consulate will then forward the statement to the appropriate Transportation Department in Greece. Again, you must be 18 years old or older with a valid U.