• Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

Australian driving licenses valid for Greece; The international driving license is no longer required

ByElla E. Kidwell

Nov 10, 2022

Australian driving license holders can drive freely throughout Greece without the need for an international driving permit.

The measure entered into force on November 5, 2021.

Previously, Australian tourists and residents could drive in Greece indefinitely if they had a valid Australian driving license and a Valid international driving license issued by the state/territory in which the driver’s license was issued. This permit is no longer required.

Meanwhile, according to the Australian Embassy website, Australian driving license holders wishing to convert their Australian license to a Greek license can apply to a local transport office of the Greek Ministry of Transport (210 650-8000).

No driving test is required. We suggest you contact the Embassy/Consulate of Greece in Australia, who can also help you with this procedure.

AN INTERNATIONAL PERMIT IS ALWAYS MANDATORY FOR US CITIZENS

The U.S. State Department’s country information for Greece, which states in the Travel and Transportation section:

“Short-term car rentals: Greek law requires visitors to have a valid US driver’s license and an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), even if the rental company does not ask to see your IDP .”

Note that the law applies to driving in Greece, not renting a vehicle. I think for this summer, since the change hasn’t been widely publicized, it would be a good idea to have an IDP if you plan to drive in Greece.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Greece.html

The IDP issued by AAA in the US is still listed on their website as only $20.

https://www.aaa.com/vacation/idp.html