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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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What countries recognize International Driving Permit for Chad?

Our International Driving Permit (IDP) is recognized in 165 countries and more, including the following:

  • Albania
  • Bahrain
  • Brunei
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Namibia
  • Panama
  • Qatar
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Algeria
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Armenia
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Honduras
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Oman
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Mozambique
  • Sri Lanka
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Romania
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen

What is the maximum blood alcohol content in Chad?

The permitted Blood Alcohol Content to drive in Chad is 0.08% only. Regardless, if you’re a tourist driving in the country, avoid violating any of the rules.

What is the minimum driving age in Chad?

The minimum driving age to drive in Chad is 16 years old. However, if you are a tourist who is renting a car in the country, you may need to check on the car rental company about the minimum age to rent a car.

Top Destinations of Chad

Chad is a northern central African country full of amazing landscapes, deserts, rocky highlands, and savannas. It’s always been a place where tourists go out of their comfort zones to discover new places and have new experiences. Picture the sublime oases, relax in the boats on Lake Chad, or explore the Sahara desert. Here are the top destinations you must visit when you travel to Chad.


N’Djamena is Chad’s capital and the largest city, where you can find the Musee National, Grand Mosque, and the Central Market. You can see the blend of ancient and modern culture in the city. The national museum, established in 1962, houses many artifacts of historical importance and preserves ancient civilizations’ culture. N'Djamena Grand Mosque in the city center is where people gather and pray.

The central market is the best place to go in the capital city as you can find almost everything is on sale. You can check out household items, clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, and even unusual food. The locals know a lot about trade, and you can bargain with the sellers. Walk in the alleys and interact with the locals to learn more about the city and the country. N'Djamena architectures and cultures boast both historical and contemporary norms.

Zakouma National Park

The famous and the largest reserve in Chad is Zakouma National Park, located on Shari Rivers and Bar Salamis banks. This 3,000 square kilometers of the land is truly a refuge of wildlife, being the home of different animals such as the African elephants, Lelwel’s hartebeest, leopard, cheetah, and buffalos. It’s best to go here during the summer so you can watch birds and go on a guided safari.

You can also try out camping in Tinga Camp, which offers the park’s best viewing area, and can accommodate 490 people. Discover the restaurants surrounding the park and try out the local dishes while enjoying the African bush’s ambiance. You’ll surely meet different people who already finished their guided safari tours, or probably they are just starting their journey to the park.


The oldest city in the country, full of historic places and remnants of the past, is Abéché. It is the country’s ethnographic and cultural place, as you can see ruins of the past that retained the ancient charm. Drive and explore the city and go to the mosques, Sultan’s palace, and the old cemetery. There are still the ancient city walls and ancient houses preserved. You can also drop by in the old markets to buy local dishes, spices, and handicrafts.

Ennedi Region

You can find this flat landscape with the most stunning sculpted rocks in the northeast region of Chad. The stone arches and the uneven stones make a dramatic landscape and a unique natural work of art. There are caves, ponds, and a maze of rocks in the Ennedi Plateau. You can also find petroglyph on the stones that depicted animals, peoples, warriors, horse riders, and ancient life.


In this town, you’ll witness waterways, deserts, villages, and Chad’s landscape. The city owes much of its tourist popularity to the Chari River, which flows from the Central African Republic into Lake Chad, joined by its principal tributaries. Some of the activities you can do are riding a tour with a boatman that will take you in the traditional canoe and witness the local birds.

You can also enjoy eating the fresh captain fish near the river’s restaurants. Besides going to the Chari River, you can go to the Hadjer Lamis (Rock of the Elephants) mountain formation. It got its name since the mountain formation in granite resembles an elephant. Just don’t visit the mountain during the rainy season since there is usually flooding on the roads and can’t pass by the Elephant rock.

The Sahara Desert and Lake Yoa

Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful places in Chad is the Sahara Desert that covers more than 9 million square kilometers. It is the largest desert in the world which stretches from the Red Sea to the Atlantic. Some areas of the desert have rugged cliffs and highlands, while the rest is full of sand. The desert climate is arid and hash, and life is only possible near oases and banks of reservoirs.

Lake Yoa is a salt lake in the Sahara Desert. There is a high salt concentration since the sun daily evaporates water from the lake’s surface. There is a little rain throughout the year, but Lake Yoa does not dry out since underground fossil sources fill the lake. Since the water is salty here, only seaweed can live in it. It’s quite hard to locate the Sahara, so you must ask the locals about the right directions to go to the desert. It is also best to join group tours with travel guides who are experts in the place.

Most Important Driving Rules

Understanding the Chad driving rules is essential to protect the lives and property of people. These rules are crafted for everyone's safety and need to be strictly followed. If you're driving in Chad, especially for the first time, taking extra precautions is highly recommended.

Being familiar with the Chad driving rules also includes knowing the numbers of emergency services in case of accidents. Always carry your local driver's license and your International Driving Permit in Chad. This International Driver’s Permit, in accordance with the "Chad driving rules", grants you the legal right to rent a car in the country.

Drive Below the Speed Limit

It’s essential to follow the speed limit imposed in different areas to keep all the road users safe. Once the drivers know their maximum speed limit, it is easier to stop the vehicle if needed or react quickly to the roadway changes, especially during rainy season. The maximum speed limit in Chad depends on your driving area. In urban areas, you can drive up to 60 km/h. In rural areas, the maximum speed limit is 110 km/h. Follow these limits to reduce the risk of getting into an accident.

Always Carry Your Local Driver’s License and IDP

Having an International Driver’s License in Chad means you can drive in the country legally. The functions of IDP are mainly to translate your local driving license to a language that is understandable by the local authorities and to certify that you are a legal driver in your home country. Always carry these important documents when you are driving in Chad. Your International Driver’s License in Chad serves as your pass and identification in checkpoints and police random checking. You should also bring your vehicle registration certificate as you need to present it at checkpoints.

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