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International Driver's License in Gambia: Rent a Car & Drive

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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


Fill in the forms

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Upload pictures of your driver's license


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How do I get an international drivers license in Gambia?

Getting an International Driver’s License, also known as an International Driving Permit (IDP) is fairly easy. You only need to follow these steps and make sure not to miss any important parts:

  1. Prepare your valid driving license from your home country, a copy of your passport-sized photo, and your credit card or other payment info.
  2. Answer the short IDP quiz and fill out the application form. Make sure that all the details on the application form match whatever is written on your driver’s license.
  3. Then attach a valid copy of your home country driver’s license and passport-sized photo. Always remember that if you also don’t bring your driver’s license, this will also be considered invalid.
  4. Pay for the IDP fee. Then monitor your emails for any updates regarding shipment.

For those who are unfamiliar about what an IDP is, here’s a recap. An IDP is a document that will translate the information in your driver’s license into 12 of the widely used languages. With an IDP around, you don’t need to apply for an actual driver’s license from the country where you’re traveling, driving a local car rental vehicle, and staying for less than three months.

In fact our IDP is highly recommended and used by clients in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • Congo
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Liberia
  • Mozambique
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Portugal
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zimbabwe

How much is a Gambian driving licence?

The price for a driver’s license in Gambia is 500 Dalasi which is 8.18 USD as of its current conversion rate. If you plan on driving in the country for more than three months, you will be required to obtain this.

Top Destinations in Gambia

Cape Point and Sanyang Beach

Gambia is known to be a traveler’s escape during winter. While European countries are experiencing the cold weather of winter, this country will provide you the warmth of the winter sun. Basking in the sun on one of Gambia’s beaches is a must-do when you are in the country. It will not just give you a tan you always wanted, but it could also be your way to relieve stress from the hustle and bustle of life, for the beaches in this country are never overcrowded even in the height of season.

Tendaba Camp

If you are a tourist who loves to see what beauty can Gambia’s nature provide, birdwatching is a perfect thing for you! Birdwatching is a very much popular thing to do in Gambia aside from relaxing on its beaches. With over 550 species of birds to see, Gambia surely will provide you a first-class birdwatching experience.

Unfamiliar with birds but want to do birdwatching? Worry no more! Many guides can help you with that so you and your friends or family can thoroughly enjoy birdwatching in Gambia. You can go birdwatching anywhere you are in the Gambia, but if you want to take it to a whole new level, there are numerous parks and forests you can drive to birdwatch and see many bird species.

Just make sure that you have an International Driver’s Permit in Gambia when driving to the location. The Abuko Forest Reserve, Brufut Forest, Tanji Reserve, Denton Bridge/Lamin Lodge, and Tendaba Camp, where the more serious birders go to birdwatch.

Kachikally Crocodile Pool

This place is known to be a sacred site for the people living in Gambia. According to the ancient stories, Kachikally Crocodile Pool happened to be visited by the Fertility spirit Kachikally. The reason why this sacred pool is very popular among women who cannot conceive a child, and crocodiles are known to symbolize fertility. You would normally see crocodiles around the park, but you don’t have to be scared of them.

These crocodiles are so used to having human visitors that you can even pet some of them. Of course, you still have to be careful around them and try not to harm the animals so they won’t become aggressive. Don’t forget to visit the little museum that displays some remnants. In this museum, you’ll discover many things about the history of Bakau, the ancient freshwater pool where the Crocodile Pool is situated, and the history of Gambian and its participation in the World War II.

Be Fascinated at Wassu Stone Circles

The Wassu Stone Circles is a world heritage site in Gambia and is suggested to be dated between 750-1000 AD. Wassu Stone Circles are known to be burial sites for the king and chiefs of ancient times. Excavations are made, and they found that the buried people are almost 1200 years old. This and other things are also found during the excavation, like their weapons, arrows, knives, pottery vessels, and ornaments made from bronze.

These stone circles can be found along the Gambia river, and the reasons for making them circular with having almost a thousand of them are still unknown up till now. These sites were protected by the National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) to preserve them more and to ensure that they won’t get destroyed by selfish reasons.

Most Important Driving Rules in Gambia

Every place has its own rules for driving to keep everyone safe. Gambia also has rules like this. Now, let's talk about Gambia's driving rules. These are very important for anyone driving in Gambia to know and follow.

No Using of Mobile Phones While Driving

It is strictly implemented in Gambia that mobile phones should not be used while driving, except if it’s hands-free. Using mobile phones is one of the main reasons for road accidents, and doing this as a driver is considered illegal or disobedience towards the law. To avoid having problems during your travel, make sure to follow this.

Always use your seatbelts

One way of getting protected during accidents or avoiding more serious injuries is always to put your seat belts on. It is compulsory, and everyone, not just the driver of the vehicle, should be obeying this.

Ready to check if an IDP is accepted in your destination?

Use the form and find out in seconds whether you need an international permit. Documents vary, based on the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic.

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