UAE Driving License is Now Accepted in 50 Countries

From now onwards, a road trip abroad would be more fun for Dubai residents. Per MoFAIC (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) page, more countries have been added to the list, taking the numbers beyond 50. It means that the UAE Driving License is now accepted in 50 Countries, or even more. Since more countries won’t have any issues in accepting the UAE driver’s license, this would further help travelers hiring a vehicle more easily than ever before.

Following Is the Updated, Alphabetical List of The Countries

  • Algeria, Austria, Australia
  • Bahrain
  • China, Comoros, Canada
  • Denmark,     Djibouti
  • France, Finland
  • Greece, Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy, Ireland, Iraq
  • Jordan, Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Luxembourg, Lithuania, Latvia, Lebanon
  • Morocco, Mauritania
  • Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands
  • Oman
  • Poland, Palestine
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa, Singapore, Switzerland
  • Turkey, Tunisia
  • USA, UK
  • Yemen

It would be pertinent to mention here that the ministry, however, urges the vehicle owners (and other motorists) that to avoid troubles faced in some (particular) countries; they should better apply for an international license; meeting that country’s requirements (if any).

The residents of the following countries, living anywhere in the UAE will, however, be able to avoid laborious and time-consuming driving tests; being able to have their driving licenses changed which, they had obtained from their respective home countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Greece, Germany
  • Italy, Ireland
  • Japan
  • Netherlands, Norway
  • Poland
  • South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden,
  • Turkey
  • UK, US

For a brief process, the Required Documents Include:-

  • Employer’s Letter
  • Legal, Arabic Translation (of the Foreign License)
  • A Headshot

The news would thus be welcomed by the majority of UAE residents since their respective UAE driving licenses could now be (accepted, and) used across as many as 50 countries round the globe. And as mentioned, it would facilitate the UAE residents in hiring a vehicle of their choice whenever they would be thinking in terms of travelling.

Things To Remember

One important aspect to keep in mind is that to use a UAE driving license, in a country outside the UAE, varies from region to region or from country to country. The travelers thus keep this in mind whenever they would wish jetting off to a destination afresh. Further, a UAE license issued to travel to Switzerland (that include the entire 7-Emirates) is valid for up to ‘90’ days only, with a ‘Short Stay’ visa condition.

Similarly, if the traveler(s) plan to have a 365-day (or beyond) stay, exchanging a license issued from the UAE to a Swiss license is a must for them. Besides, a 45-minute-long driving exam is unavoidable either.

Also, the facility of leasing a car or approval for driving within the (7) Emirates is for travelers belonging to 36 countries included in the approved list. After the issuance of a ‘Residency Visa,’ switching to a UAE driving license becomes mandatory for each resident; and only then one is able to drive his/her privately owned vehicle. Same is the case with a rental.

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