Do I need an International Driving Permit ?
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a legal document that endorses your South African driver's licence.
In many countries English is not an official language, so your IDP will provide a translation of your South African driver's licence into several languages as well as the five official UN languages. This allows your licence to be read and understood in many countries. It also provides validation of your South African driver's licence, and an alternative proof of identification when you travel in foreign countries and need to rent a car or obtain insurance. The AA strongly recommends that you obtain an IDP if you intend using a vehicle abroad.
The IDP is not compulsory however it is highly recommended as most insurance companies require an IDP in case of an accident in ordert to pay out the insurance claim, therefore we recommend you take out one in case of an accident and you don't end up with unnecessary problems while being abroad.
You also need to find out from the car rental company if you require an IDP or query this with the company that insures the vehicle you will be borrowing.
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