Travel Passport

Why carry an IDP while driving in Mali?

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. Mali highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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Driving Rules in Mali

Visit the Great Mosque of Djenné and Timbuktu. See the beauty of salt mines. It is best to explore this country by driving your own car. Here are a few and quick reminders before you head out.   

Important Reminders:

  • You drive on the right side hand of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 21 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 drive under the influence of alcohol in Mali.
  • The speed limit  is 40km/hr to 60km/hr in the cities and 100 km/hr (65 mph) outside the cities.
  • Be sure to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Heavy traffic is expected, especially in the capital.
  • It is required the third party liability insurance.

Driving in the Winter

Mali does not have winter. However, the best time to visit and travel in Mali is from October to January.  It will be a great experience! Plan 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

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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