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Why carry an IDP while driving in Chad?

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. Chad highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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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.

It is best to explore the country by driving and renting a car. As long as you have your International Driving Permit in Chad, you can go to N’Djamena, the capital city to Zakouma National Park to the Sahara Desert. Driving to Chad is fully packed with new adventures, experiences, and learnings that will leave a mark on your heart and mind.

N’Djamena

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.

Driving Directions:

From N’Djamena International Airport to the National Museum, it will only take you less than 15 minutes if you take the Rue de la Gendarmerie route. Here’s your driving guide.

  • Head southwest
  • Turn left on the first roundabout
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Rue de la Gendarmerie
  • Take the 1st exit and then a slight right
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Djamena-Moundou

But before you drive in Chad, make sure you already have your driving permit. The International Driver’s License in Chad grants you to drive and rent a car. If you don’t have one yet, visit our application page here and follow the process. Just choose your IDP package, put your personal and shipping details, pay the fee, and just wait for the confirmation email. You can get your digital copy after two hours.

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.

Driving Directions:

It will take you about 4 hours to go from Haze to the Zanouma National Park. You will encounter unnamed roads, so it’s best if you can ask the locals for the right directions. You will also pass toll roads and pay for the fees, so make sure you have some cash in the local currency. Here is your driving guide:

  • From Haze, head west and follow the unnamed road
  • Turn right at Grand Mosque
  • Turn left to reach Zakouma

International driving permits can be applied online. To get your International driver’s license in Chad, don’t wait in a long queue and apply on our website. You can quickly get one if you follow the process and complete the documents. The International Driver’s License in Chad serves as an international pass to drive in the country legally. Your IDP is a United Nations regulated document, and over 150 countries globally recognize it.

Abéché

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.

Driving Directions:

If you are from Asnet, you can quickly go to Abeche in less than 3 hours if you take the Rue N’Djamena route. Here’s your guide:

  • Head east and continue onto Rue N'Djamena
  • Turn left to stay on Rue N'Djamena
  • Slight right toward Rue N'Djaména
  • Continue straight ahead to arrive at your destination

The International Driver’s Permit in Chad price depends on the application package you choose. You can have a printed and a digital copy of your IDP valid for one year for just $49, $55 for two-year validity, and $59 for three-year validity. The entire IDA application process is easy to follow, but if you have any questions about International Driver’s Permit in Chad, call the number of the IDA’s customer representative.

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.

International Driving Permits in Chad grant you to drive and rent a car so you can fully explore the country and witness the amazing landscapes.

Driving Directions:

In Chad, there are unnamed roads you can encounter. It’s best to ask the locals in the right direction since the streets can be tricky. Here’s your driving guide:

  • From Faya-Largeau Airport, head northwest via an unnamed road
  • Sharp right to Sharp right Faya-Largeau
  • Delve into explorations to the Sahara

Douguia

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.

Driving Directions:

From N’Djamena, it will take you about an hour and a half to reach Douguia. There are many unnamed roads in Chad, so if you ever get lost, you can ask the locals about the right direction.

  • Head north
  • Turn right after 190 meters
  • Turn left after 600 meters
  • At the roundabout, take the second exit
  • At the roundabout, take the fourth exit
  • Continue straight and then turn left to reach Douguia.

Having an International Driver’s License in Chad means you are a legal driver in your home country at the date of the issue. It is a supplement to your local driver’s license, and it provides an extra photo ID translated into nine languages. An International Driver’s License in Chad grants you to drive in the country for three months. It is a document that will translate your local driver’s license into an internationally recognized permit.

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

It is essential to know the driving rules to protect the lives and property of people. You need to follow every road rule and regulation crafted for everyone’s safety. Take extra precaution in driving, especially if it’s your first time driving in Chad. Knowing the numbers of emergency services is also important in case of accidents. Always bring your local driver’s license and your International Driving Permit in Chad. An International Driver’s Permit in Chad grants you to rent a car in the country legally.

Drunk Driving is Prohibited

In Chad and most countries globally, drunk driving is illegal as it is one of the most common causes of accidents. The allowed blood alcohol content is 0.08%, which is the typical permitted blood alcohol level. This blood alcohol content represents the percentage of your blood concentrated with alcohol. Police officers can randomly do breath testing to check your alcohol content, and if you violate this law, you need to face a fine and penalties, depending if it is your first or second offense.

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.

Can I Get an International Driver’s License in Chad Online?

The fastest way to get your IDP is to process it online. You can get an International Driver’s License in Chad online by visiting our application page here. It will only take you a few hours to get the digital copy of your IDP. The physical copy will be sent to you after 15 days if you’re within the US. If you are living outside the US, you will get it after a month. If you need guidance on applying for an IDP, you can call IDA’s customer representative.

To get your International driver’s license in Chad, don’t wait in a long queue because you can apply online. The International Driver’s Permit in Chad price depends on the application package you choose. If you only want the digital copy, you just need to pay $29 for the one-year validity of your IDP, $35 for two-year validity, and $39 for three-year validity. If you want the printed and digital copy bundle, you just need to pay $49 valid for a year.

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