The UAE driving license is accepted by over 40 countries

Travelling Abroad? Your UAE Driving License May Be All You Need

For UAE residents planning to travel abroad, the convenience of using their UAE driver’s license in foreign countries that recognize it has become a valuable asset. This recognition extends to more than 40 countries, making it a convenient option for international travelers.

The UAE’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) has introduced an online service called ‘Markhoos,’ allowing individuals to access a list of countries that accept UAE-issued driving licenses. It’s important to note that this privilege typically applies when traveling on a visit visa. For residents planning to move to another country, the process may vary depending on the destination.

List of Countries Recognizing UAE Driving Licenses

Here’s a comprehensive list of countries where you can confidently use your UAE driving license when on a visit:

  1. Estonia
  2. Albania
  3. Portugal
  4. China
  5. Hungary
  6. Greece
  7. Ukraine
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Slovakia
  10. Slovenia
  11. Serbia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Latvia
  14. Luxembourg
  15. Lithuania
  16. Malta
  17. Iceland
  18. Montenegro
  19. United States of America
  20. France
  21. Japan
  22. Belgium
  23. Switzerland
  24. Germany
  25. Italy
  26. Sweden
  27. Ireland
  28. Spain
  29. Norway
  30. New Zealand
  31. Romania
  32. Singapore
  33. Hong Kong
  34. Netherlands
  35. Denmark
  36. Austria
  37. Finland
  38. United Kingdom
  39. Turkey
  40. Canada
  41. Poland
  42. South Africa
  43. Australia
  44. Israel
  45. Azerbaijan

What If Your Destination Isn’t on the List?

In cases where your travel destination isn’t among the recognized countries, you’ll need to apply for an International Driving License (IDL), also known as an International Driving Permit (IDP). To obtain an IDP, you must possess a valid local driving license issued in the United Arab Emirates.

You can apply for an IDP through various entities, including:

Cost and Validity

Obtaining an IDP typically costs Dh170 plus five percent Value Added Tax (VAT), and it remains valid for one year.

Whether you’re exploring the scenic routes of Europe or embarking on a road trip across the United States, the recognition of UAE driving licenses in numerous countries ensures a smooth and hassle-free driving experience for residents and visitors alike.