The driving license issued by Saudi Arabia is acknowledged and accepted by several countries. Here is a list of countries where a Saudi driving license is valid.
If you have a valid driving license from Saudi Arabia, you can drive a car in any of the countries listed below without getting an international license.
The UAE is at the top of the list of countries that 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 with Saudi number plates.
Moreover, Saudi nationals can get a UAE driving license based on their Saudi driving license.
Bahrain is also on the list of countries where a Saudi Driving License is accepted and considered valid. You can easily go to Bahrain through King Fahad Causeway if you have a valid Saudi driving license.
The list of countries where a driving license issued by Saudi Arabia is accepted and considered valid cannot be completed without Jordan. So many expats and Saudis get an on-arrival visa at the border and drive their cars in Jordan.
You can easily go to Kuwait if you have a Saudi driving license. In the same way, the people of Kuwait can come to Saudi Arabia and drive here with their valid driving licenses.
Qatar is also on the list of countries where the driving license issued by Saudi Arabia is accepted and considered valid to drive a vehicle.
People drive their cars to Qatar with a valid Saudi driving license, and this option is available to both expatriates and Saudis.
Egypt is also one of those countries that welcome people to drive based on a valid Saudi Driving License up to three months from their date of entry to the country.
Most car rental companies in Egypt accept foreign licenses, including Saudi ones, as long as they are valid and accompanied by a passport.
Canada allows people to drive for up to 3 months of entry to the country on a Saudi driving license. However, rules and regulations vary depending on the province or territory you plan to drive in.
The Saudi driver’s license will now be valid in Austria too. 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
A Saudi friend told me he used to drive his car in the United Kingdom on a Saudi driving license.
However, you can only drive for one year on a Saudi driving license. After one year, you will have to get a UK driving license to drive in the UK.
- Note: This option is not available for expats with a Saudi driving license.
- Apply for a UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia.