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Why carry an IDP while driving in Bhutan?

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 – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.

It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Bhutan highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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Driving Rules in Bhutan

Get in touch with your inner peace. Bhutan is known for beautiful monasteries, fortresses and incredible landscapes. Rent a car and drive around this wonderful country. To enjoy your stay better, read some of these tips to familiarize yourself with traffic rules.

Important Reminders:

  • Drive on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years old. The minimum rental age is 21 years old.
  • Seat belt is a must for ALL passengers.
  • Hands-free is a must.
  • Avoid drinking! The legal alcohol limit is 8 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • The speed limit is 30 km/h in urban areas, 50 km in general.
  • Avoid driving at night. Roads are tight and there are no street lights.
  • You cannot drive in neutral gear.

Driving in the Winter

Bhutan is a tropical land so there is no winter here. However, you need to be extra cautious driving during rainy season. Roads may be flooded and slippery. Do not travel from June to October. Any other time of the year, you are good!

Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.

How to get your IDP

We’ve streamlined the application process down by creating a platform that guides you so you know exactly what you’ll need to successfully complete your application

IDA Application

1. Apply Online

Start your application for International Driver's License Get the IDP.​​

Upload Photo

2. Upload Photos

Make sure to upload an updated photo and with the correct parameters.​

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3. Get approved

Wait for your confirmation and you are ready to go!​

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