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Earlier, in this year newly married Arun Varma hired a car on his honeymoon in California. Nowadays to spend holidays in foreign is the latest rage among the Indians. One of the biggest advantages is that it gets easier because a number of countries allow them to drive with their Indian driving license.
Australia fastened to the appeal for Indian tourists when it launched a major campaign last month to attract more travelers. They appealed that India and Australia have similar basic road rules. Both nations drive on the left-hand side of the road, and the cars of the right-hand drive variety, which makes it easier for the Indians to plan a safe-drive holiday in Australia.
Most of The Australians states except Northern Territory, Indians are able to drive on as long as license is current and in English. Debolin Sen of travel major Cox and Kings said that Indian travelers are becoming more adventurous and look for great travel experiences like a self-drive as a separate product.
“For self-drive holidays, the US, western Europe, and New Zealand are the most popular countries (for Indians). These countries also offer better infrastructure for driving, which makes them a safe bet,” Sen said.
Now specialized tour operators with end-to-end solutions are coming up with many international tourism boards. They will be making concerted efforts to market self-drive as a separate product.
Cox and Kings were asked 'In which foreign destinations can Indians Drive with their Indian license? Reacting to this Cox and Kings gave long list, “Most states in USA allow Indians to drive up to a year with an Indian driving license. The license must be in English and valid. Another document that one needs is the copy of the I-94 form that mentions the date of your entry in the US,” it said.
Indian driving license is allowed in France provided you carry its French translation along. It' valid for a year only. Indians can drive on the roads of England, Scotland, and Wales with the Indian passport up to a year. However, there are restrictions on the type of vehicle that can be used. Norway also offers a self-drive opportunity on an India driving for up to 3 months from the date of entry."
Switzerland and New Zealand are the places where Indian license is valid for a year. To rent a car in New Zealand a driver must be at least 21 years old and must carry an official translation of license approved by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Whereas Germany lets Indians drive with a domestic license for a period of 6 months. In South Africa, Indian license is only acceptable when it is in English and it should contain the photo and signature of the driver. Renting a car requires an international license in SA.