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International Driver's License In Qatar: Rent A Car and Drive Legally

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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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Discover Qatar with Confidence

Navigating the roads of Qatar promises a rich variety of experiences, from cultural wonders to serene escapes.

Before you hit the road, read our International Driving Permit (IDP) FAQs to ensure you're well-equipped for a seamless and enjoyable journey through this Arabian Gulf gem.

International Driving Permit FAQs

Is An International Driving License Valid in Qatar?

First, we'd like to clarify that there is no “International Driver’s License” but an International Driver’s Permit.

It is an essential document endorsed by The United Nations Convention on Road Traffic for foreign drivers who wish to rent and drive a vehicle. An IDP is a translation of your home country's valid driver's license, supporting local road traffic authorities when dealing with international drivers.

The IDP and your valid national driver's license are generally recognized by car rental companies, facilitating the speedy rental process for tourists.

How Can I Get an International Driving Permit?

Securing an IDP for your Qatar trip is an easy process. You will need your current driver's license from your home country, a passport-size photo, and a credit card. The IDP translates your driver's license into 12 commonly used languages, including Arabic and English, making it a valuable document for international travel.

To apply for your IDP, follow these steps:

1. Click on “Apply For IDP.”

2. Ensure your driver’s license is valid for at least six months beyond the expiration date.

3. Have a passport-size photo and a credit card ready.

4. Complete the application form, attaching a copy of your driver's license and passport-
size photo.

5. Enter your credit card information to pay the IDP fee.

6. After submission, wait for a confirmation email and track the progress of your order.

If you plan to stay in Qatar for more than three months, consider obtaining a residence permit and applying for a Qatar driving license for continued driving privileges.

The Most Important Road Rules in Qatar

Traveling to various places in Qatar is a unique experience. The roads are broad, there's usually no traffic, and you can enjoy the blue, middle-eastern sky even with tall buildings around. But before you start your journey, it's essential to know the Qatar driving rules. Here are some basic Qatar driving rules to keep in mind while on the road.

Adhering to Speed Limits

A major cause of road accidents in Qatar includes drunk driving and speeding. To curb this, the government has installed numerous speed monitors. To maintain a clean driving record while abroad, ensure you adhere to the set speed limits:

  • 60 km/hr in city roads and major built-up areas
  • 120 km/hr on national highways and inter-municipality roads

Zero Tolerance for Drunk Driving

Qatar strictly enforces a zero-tolerance policy on driving under the influence of alcohol. Unlike other countries with a specific legal blood alcohol limit, Qatar imposes severe penalties for any detectable level of alcohol in the bloodstream.

Penalties can include fines up to QR 50,000 and imprisonment for up to 36 months, depending on the violation's severity.

Driving on the Right Side

In Qatar, driving is on the right-hand side of the road. This is important to remember, especially when:

  • Encountering oncoming traffic
  • Being overtaken by another vehicle
  • Navigating roads with low visibility

Hiring a driving instructor is advisable for those who are not used to driving on the right. The skills learned will not only be helpful in Qatar but also other countries with right-hand driving.

Qatar's Premier Attractions

A country known for its wealth and high Human Development Index, Qatar offers an array of flagship destinations. For those planning a visit to Qatar, here’s a selection of sites that are worth driving to:

Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village is a vibrant hub showcasing the diverse cultural landscape of Qatar. It unites traditional and contemporary artists and sculptors from around the world. The village's expansive outdoor theater, with a seating capacity for 5,000 spectators, regularly hosts various performance arts.

Al Thakhira Beach

While Doha has its fair share of beaches, Al Thakhira Beach offers a serene escape just an hour north of the city. This tranquil spot provides more than just beachside relaxation, offering a variety of activities for visitors.

Msheireb Museums

The Msheireb Museums offer insights into Qatar's multifaceted history, comprising four historic houses. The museums house exhibits and are architectural marvels in their own right. They frequently host art exhibitions, book launches, and cultural celebrations.

Barzan Towers

For panoramic views of the desert skyline, visit the Barzan Towers. Dating back to the 19th century, these towers were initially used for defense and later as an observatory for lunar studies, crucial in creating the Hejry Calendar. Open 24/7 and accessible to the public, the towers are an ideal spot for desert and Persian Gulf views, as well as for night sky observation.

Museum of Islamic Art

A cultural landmark of Qatar, the Museum of Islamic Art displays an extensive collection of indoor and outdoor artworks. The museum's outdoor amphitheater is a venue for artistic performances and social gatherings that can accommodate 5,000 people.

The architectural design of the museum complex is also a masterpiece in itself, making it a must-visit.

Get an IDP to Explore Qatar

Qatar's natural wonders and vibrant art scene await you. See our International Driving Permit Packages, rent a car, and experience everything this Arabian Gulf nation offers!

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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