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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.

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Driving in Malta is a great way to explore the beauty and charm of this Mediterranean island nation. With its small size and well-maintained roads, driving in Malta is a convenient and enjoyable experience. However, if you are planning to drive in Malta as a foreigner, it is important to have the proper documentation. This includes having an International Driver's Permit (IDP).

Is an IDP needed in Malta?

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Yes. Malta is part of 175+ countries that recognize and require an IDP for foreign drivers. However, it is important to note that IDP should not be used as a standalone document for driving in Malta. You will still need to have your valid driver's license from your home country with you at all times.

So, how can you get an IDP for Malta?

Online application through a reliable organization is the most convenient way to get an IDP. You can do this even before traveling to Malta; the process usually takes just a few minutes.

The International Driver's Association is one of the leading providers of IDPs. We offer fast and efficient online applications with delivery options to over 150 countries. Simply fill out our online application form and submit the required documents to apply for an IDP. Once approved, you will receive your digital IDP almost immediately after completing the application. A physical copy will be delivered within a few days.

How much is an IDP?

The cost of an IDP varies depending on the provider and delivery options. International Driver's Association offers $49 for a digital IDP and $69 if you want to get both digital and physical copies. This is a one-time fee, valid for one year from the date of issue.

Getting an IDP is worth it

Having an IDP is a legal requirement in Malta and adds another security layer for foreign drivers.

Easy communication with authorities

Having an IDP makes it easier to communicate with local authorities in case of traffic violations or accidents. It serves as a translation of your driver's license, making it easier for them to understand your information.

Multilingual support

IDPs come in multiple languages, which can be helpful when dealing with different traffic signs and road rules in a foreign country. This can help you easily navigate Malta's roads and avoid misunderstandings.

Validity in other countries

As mentioned earlier, an IDP is recognized in over 150 countries. This means that getting one for driving in Malta can also be useful if you plan to visit other countries during your trip. You won't have to worry about applying for multiple permits, as your IDP will cover you in most countries.

An IDP is usually translated into major languages such as Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. This makes it easier for you to travel to other countries without worrying about language barriers.

Things to keep in mind when driving in Malta

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  • Drive on the left side of the road
  • Obtain additional insurance such as travel insurance or collision damage waiver
  • Roads in Malta can be narrow and winding, so drive with caution
  • Speed limits are strictly enforced, especially in residential areas
  • Seatbelts are mandatory for both drivers and passengers
  • Using a phone while driving is prohibited unless it is hands-free
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.08%, so it is best to avoid drinking before driving
  • Tolls and parking fees are common, so make sure to have some cash on hand
  • Keep your IDP and valid driver's license with you at all times while driving in Malta
  • Pre-plan your routes and have a GPS or map handy for navigation
  • An eSIM card or international roaming plan can be useful for staying connected on the road
  • Ask for tourist info or a map from your car rental company to explore some of the best places in Malta

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drive in Malta with a US driver's license?

If you hold a valid US driver's license, you can drive in Malta for up to 12 months without an IDP. However, an IDP is always recommended as an extra form of identification and translation. Moreover, car rental companies in Malta might require an IDP when renting a car.

Do I need to take a driving test in Malta?

As a foreign driver, you do not need to take a driving test in Malta. If you have a valid driver's license that has been helpful for at least a year and an IDP, if required, you can legally drive in Malta.

Are there any age restrictions for driving in Malta?

The legal age for driving in Malta is 18 years old. However, renting a car in Malta as a foreign driver might require you to be at least 21. Some car categories might also have a minimum age requirement of 25. Thus, inquiring with your car rental company before booking a vehicle is best.

What other requirements do I need to drive in Malta?

Other requirements to obtain before traveling to Malta are:

  • A valid passport with at least six months' validity from arrival. Make sure to secure your passport before applying for an IDP.
  • A return or onward ticket. This is not always required, but it is best to have one just in case.
  • Sufficient funds for your stay in Malta. This can be in cash, credit cards, or travel money cards.
  • Accommodation details, such as hotel bookings or the addresses of friends/relatives you will be staying with, may also be needed when filling out your IDP application.

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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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