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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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Do I need international driver’s license for Tuvalu?

For your information, there is no such thing as an international driver’s license. The accurate document that is used to translate your home country driver’s license into English or 12 of the most widely used languages in the world is called an International Driver’s Permit (IDP).

The IDP is a document that was agreed upon by the United Nations according to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. This document will enable visiting tourists to drive a motor vehicle in another foreign country without the need of getting a National Driver’s License for that country. However, you must remember that it is not a standalone document.

An IDP is a document that will only support your valid driver's license by translating its information. Therefore it can be applied in these situations:

  • During checkpoints
  • If you get stopped by local authorities for overspeeding or breaking a road traffic rule
  • When renting a vehicle from local car rental companies
  • Any establishment that calls for a valid ID such as a driver’s license, passport, etc. (optional)

Our IDP is recognized in over 165+ countries worldwide including the following:

  • Brazil
  • Fiji
  • Tonga
  • Nauru
  • Australia
  • Taiwan
  • New Zealand
  • Samoa
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Argentina
  • South Africa
  • Vanuatu
  • Thailand
  • Portugal
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Hungary
  • El Salvador
  • Dominican Republic
  • United Kingdom
  • Panama
  • Guatemala
  • and more

How to get international driving license (IDL) for Tuvalu?

Getting an IDP from us is fairly easy. All you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Click the “Apply For IDP” button on any part of the page.
  2. Answer the short quiz.
  3. Read the instructions written on the page before beginning the process. This will take approximately 3 minutes or less.
  4. Prepare your valid driver’s license.
  5. Please remember that you need to ensure that all the information you provided is correct before you click “Next.”
  6. Input all the information that appears on your valid driver’s license.
  7. Fill out your details on the next page. Again, please make sure that it is accurate.
  8. Select your license classes.
  9. Next, upload a photocopy of your valid driver’s license and a passport-sized photo. Take note that your passport-sized photo is a photo of yourself, facing in front of the camera. This should not be a group photo.
  10. After that, pay the IDP fee with our credit card.
  11. Once you’re done, we’ll send you updates through your email tracking the shipment progress of your IDP.

Tuvalu is an island nation belonging to the Oceania continent in the South Pacific that is part of the British Commonwealth. Its nine islands are tiny, sparsely populated atolls and reef islands with palm-fringed beaches and WWII relics.

Top Destinations

The biggest atoll is Funafuti, and it is where you’ll find Fongafale, the central business area in the country, and the location of the international airport. Flights to Tuvalu are very limited and occur just a few times a week. So if you visit the country, it would be best to stay for more than a week. Plus, with all the sites to see and experience in Tuvalu, a few days wouldn’t really be enough.

Funafuti Conservation Area

The Funafuti Conservation Area (FCA) is the most visited tourist destination in Tuvalu. It covers about 20% of the reef area in the entire Funafuti Lagoon, and it also has a couple of ecologically significant islets or “Motus” within its jurisdiction. The area was declared a protected area in 1999, and it has successfully protected various keystone wildlife, including the Green Sea Turtle, corals, and different species of birds.

When you visit the Funafuti Conservation Area, you go birdwatching, have a picnic by the beach, or go snorkeling to see if you can find the green sea turtles and might manta rays. Some of the islets are also nesting grounds for the green sea turtle, so if you want to watch them hatch, maybe volunteer at the Funafuti Conservation Area.

Funafuti Atoll

As the capital of Tuvalu, you can find plenty of things to do within Funafuti Atoll. The atoll alone consists of several islets where you can cross to during the low tide. Funafuti is where you’ll find the international airport, the stadium, community entertainment centers, and shopping marts. It is also where the country’s longest highway is located, and a road trip from end to end is an experience that you shouldn’t miss.

The Tuvalu International Airport is also one of the few international airports in the world that can be utilized by the public for random activities. Since flights only happen a few times a week, people would play sports on the runway. You can join in if you want to since games on the runway are just one of the pastimes.

If you want to explore the culture as well, you can visit the market, try Tuvaluan delicacies and join the celebrations filled with singing and dancing. Tuvaluan women are great at making handicrafts, and you can buy some (apart from the stamps) for souvenirs.

Nanumanga

Nanumanga is a 3km2 island a few nautical miles away from Funafuti. It is of utmost interest because of its underwater caves that were once unsubmerged. Natives lived in those caves and left various artifacts that have since been preserved. This discovery has made a sublime interest in the changing seawater levels within Tuvalu and the entire world. If you have a SCUBA diving license that allows you to go cave diving, seeing the Nanumanga underwater caves are a must.

Nanumea Atoll

Nanumea is the farthest atoll from Funafuti. It is the northernmost atoll of Tuvalu, and it is about 600 meters wide. Nanumea played a significant role during World War II. Since it was the nearest island to Kiribati (where Japanese bases were located), it became a bomber base for the U.S. forces. Since it is an atoll, there is a lagoon in the middle where you can swim.

The dry portion of the Nanumea Atoll is filled with dense vegetation. It is an inhabited island with less than a thousand people, so you’ll also get to meet the locals when you visit Nanumea. Apart from seeing the vibrant marine life around the atoll, you can also see remnants of World War II in the area. You can ask locals to point you to where these WWII wrecks are or just explore the island and find them yourself.

Most Important Rules of the Road

There are only a few paved roads in Tuvalu, and they are only found on the capital atoll of Funafuti, particularly on the island of Fongafale and Funafala. Likewise, even within the central business center in Fongafale, roads (paved and unpaved) are limited. Nevertheless, the government has put in place a couple of traffic rules for everyone to follow.

All the road rules are guided by the Traffic Act. If you get caught violating any of these rules, you will be liable to a fine. In addition, imprisonment is also not optional. You’ll have to pay the fine and be imprisoned for some time depending on your violation. This may perhaps be the reason why people in Tuvalu always make sure to drive safely — the penalties are very intense!

Do not drink and drive

It’s easy to disregard drunk-driving laws, especially when you are in a remote area. However, avoid assuming this in Tuvalu because the police conduct random breath tests to the public. They conduct breath testing either via checkpoints or through mobile patrolling. The maximum blood alcohol concentration allowed in the country is only 0.08%. If you are caught driving any vehicle (including non-motorized vehicles) while intoxicated beyond these limits, you will be liable to a fine of $200 and imprisonment of one (1) year.

Once you collide with another road user because you are intoxicated while driving, additional liabilities will be imposed upon you. So before enjoying that delicious fermented coconut drink by the beach, remember to drink moderately or allow some time to sober down before driving. Considering that you’ll be driving a motorcycle, the risks of accidents from being intoxicated are very high as compared to driving a four-wheel-vehicle because alcohol reduces your sense of balance.

Drive On the Left Side of The Road

There is only one main highway in Tuvalu, and it is located in the capital atoll of Funafuti. The highway only features one(1) carriageway with lanes that could fit only one (1) full-sized bus in each direction. Basically, the roads in Tuvalu are very narrow. Wherever you are driving, make sure to always drive on the left side of the road, even when you are driving on non-paved roads. Road markings and traffic signs are also very few in the country, so you’ll just have to memorize the basic rules by heart.

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