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Why carry an IDP while driving in Ethiopia?

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. Ethiopia highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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Driving Rules in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is recognized as the cradle of humanity. Discover beautiful landscapes, ancient religious sites and amazing scenery. Drive your own car to get from one destination to another. Check these traffic reminders to make your stay even better.

Important Reminders:

  • Drive on the right side of the road.
  • Minimum driving age is 18 years old.
  • Seat belt is a must for everyone.
  • Hands-free is a must. Take your phone away unless hands-free.
  • Drink responsibly. There is no alcohol level limit.
  • The speed limit is 30 km/h in urban places and 100 km/h in rural areas.
  • Honking is encouraged.
  • Avoid driving at night.
  • Ethiopia has the highest road death in the world. Be extremely cautious when driving.

Driving in the Winter

Ethiopia is an African country so there is no winter here. Avoid travelling during the rainy season from December to February. Keep your emergency kits handy at all times. Plan your trip accordingly.

Keep safe and enjoy your adventure!

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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