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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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Many of you might not know that Sri Lanka is known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean" and the "Teardrop of India." Yet, this pearl has not truly shined in the eyes of many travelers.

It remains a hidden gem in Asia, often overlooked in favor of its more famous neighbors. Pristine beaches and lush tea plantations to ancient temples are some of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.

Driving in Sri Lanka with an International Driving Permit (IDP) allows you to discover remote hill towns, wildlife safaris, and the life of coastal cities.

International Driving Permits in Sri Lanka

An International Driver’s License or International Driving Permit (IDP) translates your home country's driver's license into multiple languages, including Sinhala and Tamil, the official languages of Sri Lanka. This ensures that your credentials are understood and accepted. This also helps communicate effectively with local authorities and understand road signs and regulations.

Applying for an International Driving Permit

Prior to booking a car, you must meet the requirements before traveling to Sri Lanka.

Eligbility for an IDP

  • Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license from your home country.
  • Applicant must be at least 18.

How to get an IDP outside Sri Lanka

To obtain an IDP in your home country, visit your national automobile association or motor vehicle department.

If you reside outside Sri Lanka, you can obtain an IDP through third-party organizations like the International Drivers Association. The cost of an IDP starts at $49.

How to get an IDP in Sri Lanka

After securing a passport, you can easily apply for an International Driving Permit.

The Automobile Association of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) can help you get an IDP. Visit the website to download the application form. Provide passport-sized photographs and photocopies. Your driving license will be with them for two working days until an IDP is issued.

If you’re looking for a more convenient way, the International Drivers Association also allows for online applications even if you are currently in Sri Lanka. The process is similar:

1. Visit the website

2. Fill out the application form

3. Upload the required documents

4. Pay the fee based on the selected package.

5. Your IDP will be processed and mailed to you.

Ready to uncover the hidden treasures of the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean"? Get your International Driving Permit (IDP) hassle-free and online at $49 via the International Drivers Association. Don’t miss the chance to explore pristine beaches, lush tea plantations, ancient temples, and bustling cities with the freedom an IDP provides!

FAQs: International Driving Permit in Sri Lanka

Is an IDP required to drive in Sri Lanka?

An IDP is not mandatory for tourists in Sri Lanka but is highly recommended. This is especially true for renting a car in Sri Lanka. Here's why:

  • Communication: An IDP acts as a translation of your valid driver's license, which can be helpful when interacting with rental agencies or law enforcement, especially if they don't speak your language. Sri Lanka has two official languages: Sinhala and Tamil. English is also spoken widely in tourist areas.
  • Convenience: Having an IDP can save you time and hassle in case you get pulled over by the police.
  • Insurance companies might require an IDP when obtaining car insurance in Sri Lanka.

What happens if I don't have an IDP?

Technically, you can drive in Sri Lanka with just your valid driver's license from your home country. However, you might face challenges:

  • Rental Agencies: Many car and motorbike rental agencies may require an IDP to rent a vehicle.
  • Police Interaction: An IDP can make communication with the police smoother if you get pulled over.

What are the limitations of using an IDP in Sri Lanka?

An IDP is only valid for one year and must be used with your original driver’s license. You must renew your IDP or obtain a local driving license for long-term stays.

To submit your renewal application, visit the local authority or use an online service like the International Drivers Association. Then, pay the applicable renewal fee, which is usually similar to the original application fee.

Can I use my IDP to rent cars in Sri Lanka?

Yes, most car rental companies in Sri Lanka recognize and accept an IDP and your original driver’s license. It’s advisable to confirm the requirements with the rental company beforehand.

What should I do if I lose my IDP in Sri Lanka?

If you lose your IDP while in Sri Lanka, contact the issuing authority immediately to report the loss and inquire about the process for obtaining a replacement.

Are there any driving restrictions for IDP holders in Sri Lanka?

An IDP does not provide any special exemptions from local traffic laws. This includes:

Driving on the left: Sri Lanka follows left-hand driving.

Speed Limits:

  • Motor Tricycles and Special-Purpose Vehicles: Limited to 40 km/h.
  • All Other Vehicles: Permitted to travel up to 50 km/h in urban areas. On highways, the speed limit is generally 100 km/h.

Seat Belts: Ensure that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.

Alcohol Limit: The legal blood alcohol limit in Sri Lanka is 0.08%.

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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