List of countries where Saudi Driving License is valid

In order to apply for the Saudi Driving License, you have to go through a difficult procedure which includes a tough driving test as well. As a result, Saudi driving license is accepted by some countries to drive a vehicle. In this article, we have given a list of countries where the driving license issued by Saudi Arabia is considered valid.

It is important to mention here that we are not talking about the International Driving License. You can apply for an international driving license on the basis of Saudi driving license and drive in more than 150 countries around the world. In this article, we are only talking about those places where you can drive with only Saudi driving license as it is accepted and treated a valid document there.

We have tried to compile a list of countries where the Driving License issued by Saudi Arabia is accepted and considered valid, but I believe that this list is not yet comprehensive. We could find only a few countries online where you can drive with your valid Saudi driving license without pursuing the international driver’s license.

The United Arab Emirates

The UAE is in the top of the list of countries which allow people to drive their cars with a valid Saudi driving license. If you have ever been to the UAE, you must have seen many cars there with the Saudi number plates.

All residents of Saudi Arabia with a valid driving license can drive in the UAE. However, Saudi nationals can get a UAE driving license on the basis of their Saudi driving license.

Bahrain

Bahrain is also in the list of countries where Saudi Driving License is accepted and considered valid. If you have a Saudi driving license, you can easily go to Bahrain through King Fahad Causeway. Recommended: How to get an on-arrival visa of Bahrain from Saudi Arabia?

If you have ever been to Bahrain, you must have seen many cars there with the Saudi number plates.  All residents of Saudi Arabia with a valid driving license can drive in Bahrain.

Kuwait

Kuwait is also in the list of countries where Saudi Driving License is valid. If you have a Saudi driving license, you can easily go to Kuwait. In the same way, people of Kuwait can come to Saudi Arabia and drive here with their valid driving license. Recommended: How to get an on-arrival visa at Kuwait Airport?

Qatar

Qatar was also in the list of countries where the driving license issued by Saudi Arabia is accepted and considered valid to drive a vehicle. People used to drive their cars to Qatar with a valid Saudi driving license and this option was available to both expatriates and Saudis. However, recently due to the Qatar blockade, Saudi citizens are not allowed to visit Qatar.

The United Kingdom

A friend of mine is a Saudi and he told me that he used to drive his car in the United Kingdom on a Saudi driving license. In other words, the United Kingdom is also in the list of countries where Saudi Driving License is valid.

However, you can only drive for a period of 1 year on a Saudi driving license. After one year, you will have to get the UK driving license to drive in the UK. Moreover, this facility is not available for expatriates who have a Saudi driving license.

Austria

The Saudi driver's license will now be valid in Austria too. In other words, Austria is also in the list of countries where Saudi Driving License is valid. The Austrian authorities have officially recognized the Saudi driver's license, allowing the holders of such licenses to drive their vehicles in Austria. Source: Arab News

There must be many more countries about whom we don’t know. If you know about any other country which can be included in the above list, please drop a comment below. 

Jordan

If you are a Saudi resident, you can get an on-arrival visa at Jordan border and drive your car without any other formalities on the basis of the Saudi Driving License.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.