Why carry an IDP while driving in Laos?

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. Laos highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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Driving Rules in Laos

Discover Laos and visit treasured Buddhist temples. The best way to explore this country is by driving your own car. Here are a few reminders before you head out.   

Important Reminders:

  • Drive on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years old.
  • Seat belt is a must for ALL passengers.
  • Hands-free is a must. Keep your phones away unless they are hands-free.
  • You are not allowed to drink and drive in Laos.
  • The speed limit is 30 km/h in urban areas and 50 km/h in rural roads.
  • Be sure to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Heavy traffic is expected, especially in the capital.
  • Keep your eyes on the road as the conditions may be difficult for tourist.

Driving in the Winter

Laos does not have winter. However, avoid travelling during rainy season from June to October. Plan your trip accordingly and you are good to go.

Enjoy your stay and safe travels

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

1. Apply Online

Start your application for International Driver's License here.​​

2. Upload Photos

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

3. Get approved

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

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