Whether it's a vacation or a business trip, there is something liberating about driving in a different city/country. When you're the one taking the wheel, you aren't at the mercy of a driver or chauffeur to take you around. You can leave when you choose and have the freedom to make unscheduled stops along the way or even completely change your destination without having to worry about driver rates or anything of the sort.
The only caveat is the requirement of an international driving license. You would have to take another driving test to qualify for an international driver's licence. For regular travellers who like driving themselves, this test is a good idea. However, for the occasional traveller, this test is an added expense and time consumer.
For those who wish to drive without needing an international license, read on for a list of countries where your valid Indian license can be used.
Australia is fast emerging as one of the go-to destinations for Indians, whether it is for further studies, job opportunities or just on holiday. There is no need for you to hire a driver to rely on public transport since your Indian driving license is valid here.
A neighbour of Australia, here too you can choose to hire a car and see the sights or travel on work using your valid Indian driving license. The scenic vistas and clear roads will surely make it a memorable road trip.
The home of the Swiss Alps and famous the world over as a cheese and chocolate haven, Switzerland also permits drivers holding a valid Indian driver's license to rent a car or take the wheel in their country. The country is famed for its well-kept streets and low accident rates, making it a safe place to test you driving mettle if you so desire.
The famous French food and wine await you in this beautiful European country, which is yours to explore by road. You can choose to drive yourself around anywhere in the country provided you have a French translation of your valid Indian driver's license. Explore the streets of Paris, drive along the Cannes coast or visit the island of Corsica for some unforgettable driving experiences.
A country at the farthest reaches of the inhabited world, Norway allows individuals holding a valid Indian driving license to drive in their country without any additional tests or paperwork. The Nordic nation famous for its fjords however only allows Indians to drive in the country for three months on their licences, so make the most of the time and explore the magnificent Arctic countryside Norway has to offer.
South Africa:One of the most developed nations in the African continent, South Africa boasts many marvels such as the Table Mountain and Kruger National Park. Known for its breath taking natural beauty, the country permits Indians holding a valid licence to rent a car and explore the country by road for a period of one year, after which you will have to apply for a permit.
United States of America:
Whether you're in the USA visiting relatives, working or studying, you can travel distances across this vast country behind the wheel of your own car or a rental. The US allows Indians to drive within the country for a period of one year on their valid Indian driving license as long as the licence document is in English.
The UK permits Indians possessing a valid Indian driving license to drive in the country for a period of one year.
The German state allows Indians living or travelling to the country to drive anywhere within its borders using their valid Indian driving license. The driving license has to be translated into German and can be used to rent or drive a car in the country for a period of 6 months.
Another Scandinavian country, Finland permits all those holding a valid Indian driver's license to drive within the county for a period ranging between 6 months and 1 year, depending on the insurance policy you hold.