While passports, visas and foreign currency might always be at the top of the essentials list for an overseas trip, the NRMA is urging those considering driving while on holidays that an IDP could help holiday makers avoid unwelcome situations with authorities.
NRMA Executive General Manager Travel and Touring, Paul Davies, said an IDP was an official United Nations sanctioned permit for tourists that recognised their valid Australian driver’s licence in more than 150 countries.
“An IDP is a universal document proving you have a valid driver’s licence in your home country, which can come in especially handy in countries that don’t have English as their first language,” Mr Davies said.
IDPs are translated into English, Spanish, Japanese, Greek, German, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and French.
“Even if you don’t intend to drive on holidays an IDP can bring real peace of mind, particularly if you don’t want to risk handing over your passport or if you need to get behind the wheel in an emergency,” Mr Davies said.
Facts about IDPs:
- Some countries will only recognise a Provisional driver’s licence as a licence if it is accompanied with an IDP, otherwise it will be treated as a learner’s licence
- Some insurance companies insist on seeing an IDP if you have an accident in the USA, Swaziland, Namibia, South Africa
- IDPs are compulsory and must be certified by authorities on arrival in Bahrain
- The state of Florida made it compulsory for international drivers to carry an IDP in January 2013.
- This was repealed three months later, however many car hire companies and insurance companies still impose terms and conditions requiring IDPs
“For less than $40, you can have peace of mind for any trip you take for a year, anywhere in the world,” Mr Davies said.