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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 are the requirements for international driver’s license Maldives?

The accurate documentation to support your driving licence is called an International Driving Permit (IDP), the required documents to drive in another country as a foreign tourist and prove your eligibility as an experienced driver such as a valid driving license, passport-sized photo, and credit card information.

Our IDP is allowed in 165+ countries and more:

  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bangladesh
  • Malaysia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Pakistan, and more.

However, an IDP is not an excuse for foreign drivers to not follow the common road rules such as follow the common road traffic rules in the country.

How to get international driving permit (IDP) for Maldives?

You can start the procedure by clicking the “Apply for IDP” blue button and start filling out the application form. After that, attach a copy of your valid driving license, and a passport-sized photo, and input your credit card details. Once you click submit, this will start the processing time of your IDP.

What is the driving age in the Maldives?

The legal minimum driving age in the country is 18 years old. And as for the maximum age requirement is 65 years old.

Can a 16 year old drive in the Maldives?

Although a 16-year-old can still drive in the country, you must know that the minimum age to rent a car is 20 and 21 years old, with a driver’s license that’s held over a year.

Top Destinations in the Maldives

The Maldives is known for its fascinating views of the Indian Ocean with spectacular glistening beaches. Known as a country abundant with natural wonders, Maldives catches and allures the attention of travelers worldwide. The country is considered one of the best travel and honeymoon destinations, making it perfect for family and intimate getaways. So come, visit, and discover Maldives' beauty.

Hulhumale Island

Hulhumale is one of the main reasons the great nation of Maldives ranks as among the top destinations and most visited tourist spots globally. The island of Hulhumale is accessible and has different brackets of a budget-friendly vacation, where you can still feel a luxurious holiday in the Maldives.

If you're a traveler who wants to relax and idle under the sun, Hulhumale is the best destination for you. Hulhumale is a blessed destination in the Maldives, where it has immense natural wonders and beautiful beaches to explore and discover that every travel enthusiast is thrilled to see.

When is the best time to go?

The ideal time to travel and explore the beauty of Hulhumale is from July to October, the months of summer and mid-fall, wherein the weather is perfect for swimming, excursion, and other outdoor activities in Hulhumale.

When is the worst time to go?

It's not advisable to visit Hulhumale from September to November, due to moderate to heavy rains where the outdoor activities are impossible to do. However, since tourism in Hulhumale is also slow these months, the hotel rates during this time are very affordable and budget-friendly.


If you're looking for an island that offers a luxurious resort stay that is not isolated and far from the locals, Gan is the best spot for you. Here, you can try and enjoy a luxury vacation while experiencing the fascinating local culture of the Maldives at the same time.

The tourism Gan island gets is due to the islands' history of being an old Word War II military base. Gan's history and historical spots add up to the reasons why tourists want to visit and spend their holiday on the island aside from its beautiful beaches.

When is the best time to go?

The ideal time to visit Gan island is between January to April and July to August because of its temperature and humidity. With the perfect weather, you can do many activities as you visit the island in the mentioned months and maximize the days of your holiday on the island.

When is the worst time to go?

It's not advisable to visit the island from September to November because of the heavy rains on the islands during these months. The rain will hinder all the outdoor activities you can try as you visit Gan island, but the accommodation cost is cheaper around these months.


Male is the capital city of the Maldives, and it's the perfect destination for those who want to experience and drive in the busy streets that are surrounded by towering pleasant infrastructures. The city is rarely visited due to its crammed or narrow streets, but the city is filled with historical and cultural tourist spots that you don't want to miss!

When is the best time to go?

The ideal time to travel and explore Male's beauty is from July to October, which is the summer and mid-fall season in the Maldives. These months, the weather is similar to Hulhumale, wherein the weather is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, strolling on the beach, and other outdoor activities.

When is the worst time to go?

As the weather in Male and Hulhumale is pretty similar, it isn't recommended to visit the city from September to November or during the fall. This is because of the moderate to heavy rains experienced during these months, so it is not advisable to travel or have outdoor activity.

Most Important Rules of Driving in the Maldives

Going to the best places in the Maldives by car is a fun idea. But before you start your journey in your hired car, it's important to follow the Maldives driving rules. These rules are set by the government of the Maldives to make sure your trip is easy, trouble-free, and safe.

Avoid driving in the winter or rainy seasons

Maldives’ winter is the rainy season from the months November to April, and it is best to avoid driving in heavy rains because it is hazardous that you might get into an accident. After all, the roads are slippery, and there may be a chance of zero visibility due to the heavy rains.

Drive below the speed limit

The general speed limit in the Maldives is 25 kilometers per hour (15 miles per hour). This may change, depending on where you're driving. It's best to be mindful and keep an eye on the speed limit signage to avoid breaking a traffic law and get into an accident.

Wear a seatbelt when driving

Wearing a seatbelt is not written on the Maldives rules, but it is a piece of common knowledge and courtesy to always to wear a seatbelt. If you're driving in the Maldives with a child, using a child seat restraint is advisable. Most car rental companies offer to add car accessories and charge an extra fee.

Drive on the left

In the Maldives, the left side of the road is your driving side. If you're from the countries that drive on the right side of the road, it will be confusing and new to you. Do not worry, and you can get used to driving on the left side of the road by practicing driving on the left in your car rental company's parking.

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