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International Drivers Licence

Sydney, Australia
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International Drivers Licence

I just wanted to confirm that we are able to drive in the United Kingdom for one day only (within the first three days of being within the country!) using ONLY our NSW drivers licences. I believe we don't need an international licence or permit but just wanted to check.

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NE Victoria...
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2,675 posts
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1. Re: International Drivers Licence

No, you don't need an IDP to drive in the UK with an Australian licence.

Portsmouth, United...
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2. Re: International Drivers Licence

The only reason you need a IDL is if for countries where they don't speak your language. You still speak English there, right? :-)

Sydney, Australia
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11 posts
164 reviews
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3. Re: International Drivers Licence

If I knew another language maybe not, but alas English it is! Thanks to all :)

London, United...
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1,003 reviews
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4. Re: International Drivers Licence

Anyone enters the UK as a tourist with full valid license is allowed to drive a small vehicle (permitted on the license) up to 12 months according to the government site.

https://www.gov.uk/non-gb-driving-licence

I also thought the license should be issued in English speaking countries, but I just found out it is not an issue.

Suffolk, United...
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for Kefalonia
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5. Re: International Drivers Licence

If the licence is not in English you might get a problem with car hire companies. Then you would need an International Driving Permit. Not a problem for Sall13h though.

London, United...
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800 helpful votes
6. Re: International Drivers Licence

Yes, better to check with rental car companies if they don't require IDP.

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