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International Driver's License In Belgium: Rent A Car and Drive Safely

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IDP is essential when driving abroad

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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.

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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.

How to get your IDP

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Belgium offers a melting pot of attractions for travelers interested in art, nature, architecture, and retail therapy. Exploring this European gem allows for a smooth transition between visiting museums, shopping, and enjoying the nightlife.

International Driver's Permit FAQs

Belgium offers numerous attractions for tourists. An International Driving Permit (IDP) allows you to explore Belgium confidently without needing a Belgian license.

Do I Need an IDP to Drive in Belgium?

EU citizens are typically exempt from needing an IDP. However, non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals, including US citizens, are advised to obtain an International Driver's Permit (IDP) to drive in Belgium. While US drivers can use their American license, car rental companies often require an IDP.

How Do I Apply for an IDP for Belgium?

An IDP is necessary if your license isn't in English or you're from a non-EU country. To obtain an IDP, you'll need:

  • A passport-sized photo
  • A copy of your passport
  • Your valid native driver's license

The application for a Belgian IDP can be completed online or in person. Opting for an online application through our website ensures convenience and quick processing.

Once you submit the required documents, a digital copy of your IDP will be available within two hours. Upon request, a physical copy can be sent to your home address. For inquiries, contact our helpful customer service.

Essential Driving Rules in Belgium

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Ensuring a delightful and seamless experience during your Belgian journey involves following the local driving regulations. Below are some key driving rules in Belgium to keep in mind:

Always Carry Necessary Documentation

Driving in Belgium requires an EU or a foreign license from a country with a reciprocal agreement with Belgium. Those without a license in English or from a non-agreement country need an International Driver's License, which is also often required for car rentals in Belgium.

Without a reciprocal agreement, obtaining a Belgian driving license is necessary. It's likewise advisable to carry identification documents such as passports, vehicle insurance, relevant certificates, and your native driver's license. While not compulsory, having a safety kit is recommended for emergencies.

Adhere to Speed Limits

Regardless of your driving license type, obeying speed limits in Belgium is essential for safety. The speed limits are 50 km/h in urban areas, 70-90 km/h in rural zones, and 120 km/h on highways. Speeding fines vary by location and can reach up to 866 euros for foreign drivers.

No Drunk-Driving

Driving under the influence is a serious offense. Belgium's legal blood alcohol limits are 0.5 mg for general drivers and 0.2 mg for professional drivers, including bus and truck drivers, as well as taxis, limousines, and ambulances. The immediate fine for DUI is 125 euros, and non-EU license holders may have their licenses confiscated for three hours.

Top Destinations in Belgium

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Ardennes

For adventure seekers, the Ardennes, one of the top destinations to visit in Belgium, offers thrilling activities like cycling, kayaking, canoeing, and climbing, providing an adrenaline-fueled experience amidst its natural beauty. Those looking for relaxation in this scenic region can enjoy serene walks, bike rides along the mountainside, or horseback riding.

Ghent

Located in Belgium's Flemish Region, Ghent is the country's third-largest city, known for its medieval wealth. The city's churches, homes, and castles showcase Belgian architectural excellence.

History buffs will appreciate Ghent's Gravensteen castle, Graslei harbor, and the 91-meter tall Ghent Belfry, a UNESCO World Heritage site. For those interested in gastronomy and shopping, Patershol Center is a must-visit.

Antwerp

Antwerp is celebrated for its Gothic architecture, including the Antwerp Central Station. The city is also a hub for Belgian art, with attractions like the Museum Plantin-Moretus, a UNESCO heritage site and the home of painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Food enthusiasts can enjoy authentic Belgian fries and visit the Antwerp Brewery, which is famous for De Konnick beer.

Meuse Valley

Located south of Brussels, the Meuse Valley is named after the 575-mile-long Mosa River, which features picturesque countryside. It's home to Liege, the birthplace of Emperor Charlemagne. The area, accessible by various modes of transport, is best visited in spring (March-May) for its ideal weather and beautiful scenery.

Bruges

According to local drivers, Bruges is a must-see for its medieval and Gothic architecture. Attractions include the Grote Markt and the Basilica of the Holy Blood. For a modern touch, explore the country market's offerings, from Belgian fries to Irish pubs, or enjoy a romantic gondola ride.

De Haan

De Haan is famous for its 11-kilometer-long beach with white sands, a favorite for couples and beach lovers. Activities range from beach walks to enjoying the local bars, cafes, and seaside resorts. Moreover, the Belle Epoque residential area adds to its charm.

Get an IDP to Explore Belgium

For activities ranging from trekking to shopping, secure an International Driving Permit to journey across Belgium's architecture, scenic countryside, natural marvels, and varied wildlife. Uncover the country's fusion of classic charm and modern appeal with the flexibility and convenience of a rental car!

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