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Updated May 2023

If you’re a UAE or Dubai resident planning to travel abroad, you may be wondering whether your driving license will be valid in other countries. Well, the good news is that your UAE/Dubai driving license is recognized in over 100 countries worldwide, making it a convenient option for international travel.

Whether you’re planning a road trip or just want to be prepared for unexpected situations, keep reading to learn more about using your Dubai and UAE driving license abroad.

Dubai & UAE driving license valid countries list 2023

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has compiled a list of 100 countries that recognize and accept driving licenses issued by the Emirates. This list is a helpful resource for UAE residents who plan on driving in foreign countries and want to ensure the validity of their driving license.

To make the list easier to navigate, the countries have been categorized by region. This will help you quickly identify which countries in each region recognize UAE driving licenses, making it easier to plan your international travels.

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Africa

  • Algeria
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Morocco
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen

Asia

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Brunei
  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • Georgia
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

Europe

  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

North America

South America

  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Oceania

  • Australia
  • Fiji

International Driving Permit (IDP)

It’s essential to remember that if you hold a Dubai or UAE driving license and plan on driving in some countries, you may need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to your license.

An IDP is a legal requirement that is recognized under the United Nations convention, and it allows drivers to legally operate their vehicles outside of the UAE without the need for additional tests or documentation. The permit is typically valid for one year and can be obtained through various entities within the UAE.

To determine if the country you plan to visit requires an IDP, you can check the website of the Ministry of Interior (MoI). To avoid any legal issues, it’s crucial to review the specific driving regulations and laws of the country you plan to visit before you go.

The permit is typically valid for one year, and to obtain it, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • IDL form
  • copy of Emirates ID
  • copy of passport and valid residency
  • copy of UAE driving license
  • two passport-size photographs

You can obtain an IDP from the following entities:

 

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