Why carry an IDP while driving in Sao Tome and Principe?

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. Sao Tome and Principe highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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Driving Rules in Sao Tome and Principe

The skyscraper rock of Pico Cão Grande will greet you as soon as you arrive in Sao Tome! Visit this small island nation in Africa for a change. Be sure to drive your own car to explore the wonders of this country. Here are a few reminders to help you with your trip.

Important Reminders:

  • Drive on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum age to drive is 18 years old.
  • Seat belt is not required. However, be sure to still wear it for your own safety. 
  • Drink responsibly even though there are no limit in blood alcohol level is Sao Tome.
  • The speed limit is 50 km/h on urban roads and 90 km/h on rural roads.
  • Be sure to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Locals speak Portuguese so be sure to learn some basic words.

Driving in the Winter

There is no winter in Sao Tome and Principe as it is an African country. Avoid traveling during rainy season from May to October. The water level rises and road conditions become much more harder as it is.

Travel safely!

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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