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Why carry an IDP while driving in Sri Lanka?

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. Sri Lanka highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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sri-lankas-climate-varied-tourist-destinations-and-food-are-just-some-of-the-things-you-will-expect-from-this-south-asia-country

top-destinations-in-sri-lanka

how-can-you-miss-the-long-coastlines-of-sri-lanka-on-the-east-and-south-coasts-then-go-up-north-and-enjoy-flora-and-fauna-inside-some-of-the-unesco-world-heritage-sites

beira-lake

most-tourists-would-always-start-their-trip-in-colombo

now-this-is-a-home-for-a-variety-of-plants-and-animals

driving-directions

  • beira-lake-is-just-a-five-minute-ride-from-central-colombo
  • head-west-on-mccallum-rd/ac6-toward-kovil-veediya
  • turn-left-at-lake-house-bus-stop-onto-colombo-batticaloa-hwy/colombo-ratnapura-wellawaya-batticaloa-rd/parsons-rd/sir-chittampalam-a-gardiner-mawatha/a4
  • turn-left-at-air-force-hq-bus-stop-onto-kew-point-rd
  • turn-right-at-slpa-security-training-school-on-morgan-rd

as-you-start-your-trip-in-colombo-make-sure-to-have-your-driving-documents-available-your-international-drivers-permit/license-local-drivers-license-and-your-passport

there-are-still-some-who-would-ask-do-you-need-an-international-drivers-license-in-sri-lanka-the-answer-is-yes!-an-international-drivers-license-for-sri-lanka-is-essential-especially-when-you-pass-by

how-easy-is-it-to-get-an-international-drivers-license-for-your-trip-to-sri-lanka-its-as-easy-as-one-to-three!-application-for-an-international-drivers-license-can-be-made-online-the-physical-copy

you-can-visit-the-international-drivers-associations-home-page-through-your-computer-or-mobile-phones-for-your-international-driving-license-application-before-you-travel-to-sri-lanka

as-you-plan-your-trip-to-sri-lanka-be-mindful-and-key-in-the-necessary-information-online-for-your-international-drivers-permit-such-as-your-name-address-birthday-email-address-contact-number-and-zip

sri-lanka-national-museum

now-lets-get-to-know-more-about-sri-lanka-shall-we-dont-fail-to-visit-its-national-museum-that-has-been-there-since-1877

different-kinds-of-arts-will-welcome-you-as-you-enter-the-museum-carvings-statues-from-sri-lankans-ancient-times-guns-swords-to-name-a-few

driving-directions

  • this-is-just-an-8-minute-car-ride-from-central-colombo
  • drive-along-darley-rd/t
  • turn-left-at-srilankaexporters
  • destination-will-be-on-the-left

applying-for-an-international-drivers-license-in-sri-lanka-might-be-online-but-you-still-need-to-provide-the-requirements

a-zip-code-is-essential-to-make-shipments-efficient-and-quick-so-your-international-drivers-license-will-be-shipped-immediately-before-heading-out-for-sri-lanka

since-you-are-driving-around-the-city-be-mindful-of-road-regulations-and-be-vigilant-while-driving

temple-of-the-sacred-tooth-relic

it-is-a-buddhist-temple-in-the-city-of-kandy-with-a-golden-roof

driving-directions-1

  • travel-time-from-colombo-is-about-3-hours
  • follow-mccallum-rd/ac6-and-t
  • take-colombo-kandy-rd/a1-to-gannoruwa-road/hector-kobbekaduwa-mawatha/b365-in-central-province
  • follow-gannoruwa-road-and-ab42-to-kandy-rd/kandy-jaffna-highway/sri-dalada-veediya/a9-in-kandy
  • drive-to-sangaraja-mawatha
  • turn-left-at-provincial-health-ministry-to-stay-at-sangaraja-mawatha

you-may-be-wondering-how-much-would-it-cost-you-to-get-an-international-driving-license-the-price-for-an-international-driving-license-in-sri-lanka-is-$49-which-is-valid-for-one-year

an-international-drivers-license-or-international-driving-license-as-some-call-it-is-essential-when-you-travel-and-drive-to-sri-lanka-and-other-foreign-places

dont-fear-if-the-validity-has-expired-after-your-trip-to-sri-lanka-you-can-always-apply-for-an-international-driving-license

jaya-sri-maha-bodhi

also-known-as-the-ancient-bodhi-tree-located-in-mahamewna-gardens-anuradhapura-sri-lanka

the-sacred-tree-is-also-a-place-to-pray-for-buddhists

driving-directions-1

  • if-you-drive-from-colombo-it-will-take-you-more-than-four-hours-to-reach-the-place
  • take-colombo-katunayake-expy/e03-to-canada-friendship-rd/ab9-in-katunayake
  • take-veyangoda-rd/b208-ekala-kotadeniyawa-rd/b111-b322-b308-and-kalugamuwa-wariyapola-rd-to-kurunegala-minuwangate-rd/a10-in-wariyapola
  • continue-to-anuradhapura
  • continue-on-a28-to-your-destination

a-reminder-that-you-will-be-passing-tolls-on-this-route

the-gal-vihara

located-in-the-north-central-province-of-polonnaruwa-sri-lanka-this-is-one-of-the-most-famous-rock-temples-in-sri-lanka

visitors-usually-visit-the-gal-vihara-in-the-morning-around-8-am-to-9-am-so-if-you-want-to-enjoy-the-place-with-fewer-people-you-might-as-well-schedule-your-visit-in-the-afternoon

driving-directions

  • you-can-check-out-the-gal-vihara-after-visiting-the-sacred-bodhi-tree
  • take-mihindu-mawatha-and-new-elkaduwa-road-to-bandaranaike-mawatha/a28
  • take-kandy-rd/kandy-jaffna-highway/a9-and-a11-to-hingurakgoda-rd/minneriya-hingurakgoda-rd/b287-in-minneriya
  • follow-hingurakgoda-rd/minneriya-hingurakgoda-rd/b287-and-polonnaruwa-hingurakgoda-rd/b552-to-your-destination-in-nissankamallapura

you-might-be-wondering-why-a-local-drivers-license-is-not-enough-when-you-drive-in-sri-lanka-or-other-foreign-countries

getting-an-idp-is-a-hassle-free-process

sigiriya-lion-rock

they-are-also-called-sigiriya-fortress-that-sits-in-the-northern-matale-district-near-dambullas-town-in-central-sri-lanka

reaching-the-top-is-not-that-hard-since-the-right-paths-and-stairs-are-already-built

driving-directions

  • if-you-are-coming-from-the-gal-vihara-travel-time-is-only-more-than-an-hour
  • continue-to-polonnaruwa
  • continue-on-polonnaruwa-hingurakgoda-rd/b552
  • turn-right

sri-lankans-are-known-to-be-warm-people

tea-plantations

since-you-are-already-into-some-climbing-and-adventure-why-not-take-it-to-the-next-level-and-explore-the-central-highlands-of-sri-lanka

driving-directions

  • from-colombo-travel-to-nuwara-eliya-is-approximately-174km-or-4-hours-and-45-minute-drive
  • you-can-take-the-avissawella-hatton-nuwara-eliya-highway/a7

make-sure-to-place-your-important-documents-where-you-can-easily-pull-them-out-when-it-is-needed

always-remember-that-you-need-to-settle-your-international-drivers-license-in-sri-lanka-requirements-to-drive-legally-in-the-country

horton-plains-national-park

for-hiking-enthusiasts-this-is-for-you!-this-national-park-is-a-3-169-hectare-full-of-flora-and-fauna-few-of-them-are-the-rarest

this-national-park-is-also-home-to-terrestrial-and-aquatic-ecosystems

driving-directions-1

  • it-takes-1-hour-and-10-minutes-to-reach-hortons-plains-from-tea-plantations-in-nuwara-eliya
  • head-southeast-on-peradeniya-badulla-chenkaladi-highway/a5
  • turn-right-at-magasthota-police-post-onto-blackpool-magasthota-rd
  • turn-left-at-pradeep-motors-onto-blackpool-ambewela-pattipola-horton-plain-rd/b512
  • turn-left-at-hiru-holiday-bungalow-to-stay-on-blackpool-ambewela-pattipola-horton-plain-rd/b512
  • turn-right-at-ambewela-jct-onto-worlds-end-rd/b512

you-dont-need-to-line-up-at-offices-in-booking-an-international-drivers-license-for-your-sri-lanka-trip-you-can-always-check-the-website-of-the-international-drivers-association-to-get-you-started

if-you-happen-to-lose-your-international-driving-license-while-traveling-in-sri-lanka-you-can-just-reach-out-to-international-drivers-associations-website-through-their-contact-number-+1-877-533-2804

ella-rock

ella-is-a-small-town-in-southern-sri-lanka

driving-directions

  • from-hortons-plains-national-park-you-can-reach-ella-town-in-1-hour-and-45-minutes
  • take-ohiya-rd/b508-to-beragala-hali-ela-hwy/a16-in-bandarawela
  • continue-on-a16-to-ella
  • turn-left-at-ella-city-center-and-information-onto-ella-passara-rd/b113

after-all-those-mountain-trips-why-not-visit-some-great-beaches-in-the-country-apart-from-history-sri-lanka-offers-long-coastlines-and-sandy-beaches-you-can-choose-from

sri-lanka-is-a-bit-different-from-some-countries-as-it-has-additional-requirements-for-you-to-drive-around-the-country

hiriketiya

hiri-as-tourists-fondly-call-it-has-slowly-attracted-visitors-locals-and-foreigners-alike

for-beginner-surfers-you-can-visit-hiriketiya-from-december-to-february-where-swells-are-a-bit-smaller-and-friendlier

driving-directions

  • if-you-are-coming-from-ella-town-after-climbing-ella-rock-it-will-take-you-about-two-hours-to-reach-hiriketiya
  • take-katella-rd-to-ella-rd/wellawaya-ella-kumbalwela-highway/a23
  • follow-wellawaya-ella-kumbalwela-hwy/a23-and-colombo-galle-hambantota-wellawaya-rd/a2-to-southern-province
  • continue-to-e01
  • follow-e01
  • follow-dikwella-beliatte-rd/b101-to-colombo-galle-hambantota-wellawaya-hwy/tangalle-rd/a2-in-dikwella
  • turn-left-at-ruhunu-glass-onto-colombo-galle-hambantota-wellawaya-hwy/tangalle-rd/a2
  • take-hiriketiya-rd-to-your-destination

checkpoints-are-present-in-sri-lanka-and-anyone-is-obliged-to-stop-for-inspection-even-tourists

a-zip-code-is-a-vital-information-in-applying-for-an-international-drivers-permit-for-sri-lanka-since-it-locates-and-verifies-the-shipping-address-where-the-physical-copy-of-the-license-is-sent

so-theres-no-such-thing-as-an-international-driving-license-for-sri-lanka-only-since-so-long-as-it-is-still-within-its-validity-you-can-always-use-your-idp

negombo-beach

negombo-is-considered-a-commercial-city-on-the-west-coast-of-sri-lanka

driving-directions

  • negombo-city-is-about-an-hours-drive-from-colombo
  • take-maradana-rd/ac19-a1-sebastian-canal-rd-dr
  • take-maradana-rd/ac19-a1-sebastian-canal-rd-dr
  • continue-on-chilaw-colombo-main-rd/puttalam-colombo-rd/a3

dont-miss-out-on-the-wildlife-hotspots-sri-lanka-has-to-offer

sinharaja-forest-reserve

this-is-another-unesco-world-heritage-site-located-in-sabaragamuwa-and-southern-provinces-of-sri-lanka

from-months-may-to-july-is-the-southwest-monsoon-season-with-heavy-rainfall-that-can-cause-mudslides

driving-directions-1

  • from-hiriketiya-beach-it-would-take-you-close-to-three-hours-to-get-to-sinharaja-forest-reserve
  • take-hiriketiya-rd-to-colombo-galle-hambantota-wellawaya-hwy/tangalle-rd/a2
  • continue-on-colombo-galle-hambantota-wellawaya-hwy/tangalle-rd/a2
  • continue-on-deniyaya-pallegama-road

gal-oya-national-park

another-must-visit-place-if-you-are-into-biodiversity-and-wildlife

here-lie-32-terrestrial-mammals-like-elephants-axis-deer-water-buffalo-sri-lankan-leopard-and-many-more

driving-directions

  • the-fastest-route-going-here-is-from-kandy-for-almost-4-hours
  • head-southwest-on-baladaksha-mawatha-toward-getambe-kandy-by-pass/william-gopallawa-mawatha/ab42
  • take-haragama-rd/b413-and-mahaweli-raja-mawatha/b492-to-jambugahapitiya-mahagama-rd-in-uva-province
  • take-ritigaha-arawa-rd-to-bibile-uraniya-mahiyangana-rd/b57-in-rideemaliyadda
  • continue-on-bible-uraniya-mahiyangana-rd/b57

most-important-driving-rules

being-a-tourist-in-sri-lanka-apart-from-plotting-out-your-destinations-and-schedule-correctly-it-is-also-best-to-have-the-freedom-with-your-time-and-no-other-way-to-do-it-but-to-rent-a-car

basic-driving-rules

some-country-roads-may-require-you-to-drive-on-the-right-side-of-the-road

have-your-idp-with-you-all-the-time

do-you-need-an-international-drivers-license-in-sri-lanka-when-driving-around-sri-lanka-one-must-have-an-idp

you-need-to-apply-for-an-international-driving-license-online-before-you-travel-to-sri-lanka

dont-miss-out-on-essential-documents

you-can-expect-checkpoints-in-some-places-in-sri-lanka

driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs-or-alcohol-is-prohibited

road-accidents-are-one-of-the-most-deadly-accidents-in-the-world

sri-lanka-has-three-different-speed-limits-obey-them

authorities-in-sri-lanka-are-strict-on-these-speed-limits

wearing-seatbelts

there-is-a-corresponding-fine-for-not-wearing-seatbelts-while-you-are-on-the-road

do-not-use-cell-phones-when-driving-in-sri-lanka

though-it-has-been-a-habit-for-some-to-check-their-cell-phones-now-and-then-it-is-prohibited-when-you-are-driving

observe-road-signs-while-driving-in-sri-lanka

sri-lankan-road-signs-are-somewhat-the-same-as-other-countries-there-might-be-some-differences-but-it-is-very-minimal

do-not-drive-with-an-expired-license

driving-with-an-expired-local-drivers-license-and-a-dead-international-drivers-permit-in-sri-lanka-is-prohibited

getting-your-international-drivers-permit-to-drive-in-sri-lanka-can-be-done-online-at-the-international-drivers-association-website

as-you-schedule-your-trip-to-sri-lanka-you-should-apply-for-your-international-drivers-permit-as-it-serves-as-your-ticket-to-driving-here

when-filling-out-your-idp

make-sure-to-fill-them-out-appropriately-especially-that-information-where-the-ida-team-can-reach-you-for-clarifications-on-your-international-driving-license-in-sri-lanka-it-could-be-your-contact

there-is-so-much-to-consider-when-you-plan-your-international-trip

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