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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.
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How to Get an International Driving Permit in Armenia?
You have a choice to personally go to the designated office locations to get an IDP or process it online. If you decide to go to the designated office, you can check out the location of the International Driver's License in Armenian issuing office.
Can I Get an International Driver’s License in Armenia online?
Yes, you can get it online, especially if you want to process your documents faster. Just check out the International Driver’s Association page. You may request to send your International Driver’s Permit in Armenia to the zip code of your temporary residence or directly to your home address.
The requirements are the following:
- Valid Government Issued Driver’s License
- Passport size image of yourself
- Passport Copy (if needed)
What to Do Once Your IDP Expired?
In the 1949 United Nations Conventions on Road Traffic, an IDP should be valid in one to three years. Once your International Driver’s Permit expires, an extension is not possible. You need to follow the application process once again to get the drivers permit. You can get it online via the International Driver’s Association.
Which Countries Accept International Driving Permit Worldwide?
There are over 150 countries worldwide that recognize the International Driving Permit as an official document that translates every tourist's National Driver's License into 12 languages.
Those countries are:
Georgia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Ghana, Guyana, Hungary, Iran, Lithuania, Italy, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Seychelles, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zimbabwe, Austria, Bahamas, Chile, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cuba, Ecuador, Greece, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Serbia, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and more!
Most Important Driving Rules in Armenia
You need to know the general driving information, driving laws, and rules and regulations so that you can drive safely and confidently.
Drunk-Driving Is Prohibited
When it comes to consuming alcoholic beverages and driving, this country is very strict in imposing this driving rule. The permissible alcohol blood content you need to have is 0.0%, so you need to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages if you want to drive here. If you violate this rule, local authorities will suspend your driving license, and you can even go to prison.
Drive Below the Speed Limit
You should not go over the maximum speed limits allowed per location in the country to avoid road accidents. The speed limits vary depending on the location. The speed limit in residential areas is 20 km/h, while in the city, the speed limit reaches 60 km/h. If you are outside the city limits, you can drive up to 90 km/h, but if you are along the highway, you can go at a maximum speed of 110 km/h. Many speed cameras will capture you if you violate this rule. The speeding fines can range from 10,000 to 32,000 drams.
Top Destinations in Armenia
This is an ancient country located at the crossroad of Asia and Europe. It boasts a rich history, centuries-old culture and tradition, and amazing landscapes and sceneries. You can check out the most beautiful and serene view at the peak of Mount Ararat that dominates the country’s skyline and visit the countless complexes and monasteries found in the areas of the country’s natural and dramatic beauty.
It’s no wonder why there’s an increasing number of people who want to explore this exciting country, full of culture and traditions. Very hospitable and warm locals will welcome you.
The country’s capital is famous for its beautiful architecture and Soviet-style monuments like the Republic Square. If you cross the road from the square, you will find the high-end and modern part of the capital, Northern Avenue. It is full of luxury hotels and fashionable shops and boutiques.
Driving to the capital is a great place to start for anyone wishing to explore the country. You’ll have the opportunity to admire the continually changing sceneries through your car window. You can find a cuneiform inscription of Urartian King Argishti built in 782 BC, which shows that Yerevan is much older than Rome. The city is also home to the only mosque in the country, which is the Blue Mosque. It is a real urban jewel that will take you on an adventure.
From Yerevan Airport, it will only take you less than 20 minutes to drive to Republic Square, which was designed in 1924 by the famous Armenian architect Alexander Tamanyan.
- From Zvartnots International Airport, continue to Parakar.
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit.
- Turn right onto M5 and turn right onto Victory Bridge.
- Continue straight onto Argishti Street and onto Italy Street.
- Continue onto Vazgen Sargsyan Street and enter the roundabout to Republic Square.
Situated about 20 km from Yerevan is the city of Echmiadzin. As the first country in the world that adopted Christianity as a state religion, Echmiadzin is its religious center. This ancient capital is the Supreme Catholicos residence and the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. You’ll find Echmiadzin Cathedral built on an ancient pagan temple, which is considered the oldest cathedral in the world.
From the capital, it will only take you less than 30 minutes to go to Echmiadzin. Here’s your driving guide:
- From Yerevan, head southwest on Mesrop Mashtots Ave toward Marshal Baghramyan Ave.
- Slight right onto Victory Bridge.
- Continue to Vagharshapat.
- Turn left at Admiral Isakov Ave/M5.
- Continue onto M5.
- Take Mesrop Mashtots Street to your destination.
Dilijan National Park
As one of the four national parks, Dilijan National Park is a tourist destination located in the northeastern Tavush Province. It attracted many tourists because of its medicinal mineral water springs and the natural monuments. The park occupies an area of 240 sqm, where you can walk in the densely forested mountain area. The locals called it “Armenian Switzerland” because of its cool weather. This charming town in the hilly religion will bring you a serene and peaceful feeling.
From the capital to Dilijan National Park, it will take you about 1 hour and 40 minutes to drive to the place.
- Head northeast on Mesrop Mashtots Ave toward Sayat-Nova Ave.
- Mesrop Mashtots Ave turns slightly right and becomes Koryun St.
- Turn left onto Teryan St.
- At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto AH83/M4.
- Take the 1st exit onto AH83/M4 once you reach the roundabout.
- Drive to Haghartsin Road/H50.
About 66 km north-east of the capital lies this largest lake of the country. At 1,900 meters, it is one of the world’s highest lakes as its azure waters are about to touch the sky. Within Lake Sevan, there are medieval and historical monasteries such as Sevanavank and Hayravank Monasteries. One of the recreational activities in the lake is windsurfing. You can also enjoy the scenic background while eating delicious cuisines in restaurants along its shores.
As one of the largest freshwater alpine lakes in Eurasia, it is best to go to Lake Sevan during the summer. Sevan Bay also provides spectacular scenery. You can have a cruise on a yacht or catamaran and even order delicious fish dishes in the local restaurants and cafes. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the “Pearl of Armenian Nature.”
In less than an hour, you’ll reach Lake Sevan if you’re coming from Dilijan National Park. Here’s your driving guide:
- Head north on Haghartsin Road/H50.
- Turn right to stay on Haghartsin Road/H50.
- Take the 3rd exit and stay on AH83/M4 once you reach the roundabout.
- Take the exit toward Shahumyan St.
- Continue onto M10.
- Take the ramp onto AH83/M4.
- Drive to your destination.
There is also a place in this country that is ideal for winter sports. There is the best ski resort in the heart of Tsaghkadzor, where you’ll ride the highest cable car to reach the areas. You can also find religious complexes like the Kecharis monastery, which dates back to the 11th century. Besides luxury hotels and resorts, Senator Royale Casino Complex is one of its most prominent entertainment centers.
From Lake Sevan, you’ll reach Tsaghkadzor in 40 minutes to Tsaghkadzor. Here’s your guide:
- Continue to AH83/M4.
- Follow AH83/M4 to H5 in Hrazdan. Exit from AH83/M4.
- Drive to the 1st exit onto H28 at the roundabout.
- Once you’re in the roundabout, drive to the 2nd exit onto To Tsaghkadzor.
- Continue onto M. Mkrtchyan str.
- Keep right to continue on Pahlavunyats St.
- Pahlavunyats St turns right and becomes Khachatur Kecharetsi St.
- Khachatur Kecharetsi St turns slightly left and becomes Olimpiakan St.
Dating back to the seventh-century, Amberd Fortress is among the old Kingdom’s primary military-defensive points. It is about 2,300 meters above sea level. You can climb the gently sloping hills until you reach the top. The top of the fortress is a breathtaking view, as you can see wildflowers and natural scenes. The defense is inaccessible during the winter months, but you can already go there in May.
The fastest route to go to Amberd Fortress if you’re coming from Tsaghkadzor is to take the AH83/M4. It will take an hour and 40 minutes to reach your destination.
- Head north on Olimpiakan St toward Khachatur Kecharetsi St.
- Olimpiakan St turns slightly right and becomes Khachatur Kecharetsi St.
- Khachatur Kecharetsi St turns left and becomes Pahlavunyats St.
- Continue to Hrazdan.
- Take the 2nd exit onto H28 at the roundabout.
- Take AH83/M4, H6, Ashtarak Highway/M1, and H20 to Amberd Road in Aragatsotn Province.
- Turn left onto Amberd Road.
As the second-largest city, travelers heading to the country for the first time must always put Gyumri in their destinations. The Black Fortress on the hill overlooks the city. The Mother Armenia statue, which is a symbol of victory in World War II, can also be found here. This unique statue symbolizes peace and strength and gives high regard and value to the female in Armenian families.
Gyumri’s important cultural institutions are Sergey Merkurov House-Museum, Aslamazyan Sisters house-Museum, and Dzitoghtsayan Museum of Social Life and National Architecture Gyumri. The oldest area in the place is the Kumari Historic District, which houses thousands of ancient buildings.
It will take about 2 hours to go from Yerevan to Gyumri. Here’s your driving guide:
- Take Marshal Baghramyan Ave and Halabyan St to Iosifian St.
- Head north on Marshal Baghramyan Ave toward Sayat-Nova Ave.
- Continue onto Orbeli Brothers St
- Turn left onto Kievyan St.
- Continue onto Kievyan Bridge.
- Turn right onto Halabyan St.
- Follow M1 and E 691 to your destination in Gyumri.
One of the most famous spa towns is Jermuk due to its healing mineral waters. You’ll be surprised and amazed by its 40 thermal springs. You can also find the second largest waterfall in the country, which is the Jermuk Waterfall. If you visit the Gallery of Water, you can have a free tasting of the healing mineral waters. A drive to this place brings you peace and relaxation.
From Yerevan, it will take about 3 hours to go to Jermuk, specifically Jermuk waterfall. Here’s your guide:
- Head southeast on Sayat-Nova Ave toward Mesrop Mashtots Ave.
- Take E117 to Yerevanyan Street/H8 in Vosketap. Exit from E117.
- Follow H10 to E117.
- Follow E117 to H42 in Vayots Dzor Province.
- Follow H42 to Myasnikyan Street in Jermuk.
One of the most beautiful monasteries is Noravank that has brick-red cliffs. It is famous for its Astvatsatsin Church, which means Holy Mother of God, built in the 13th century. You can find beautiful cross-stones of Momik, one of the recognized masters. There is an architectural beauty that reflects the country's treasures and religious art.
Noravank is the right choice for your road trip adventures, especially if you love exploring historical structures. It is only 122 km away from Yerevan, and it is near the town of Yeghegnadzor. You’ll go in a narrow gorge known for its brick-red cliffs, which is directly across from the monastery.
For about an hour and 11 minutes, you’ll reach Noravank if you’re coming from Jermuk.
- Head south.
- Turn left toward H42.
- Turn right onto H42.
- Turn right onto E117.
- Turn left onto Noravank Monastery Rd until you reach the monastery.
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