What is the difference between an International Driving Permit (IDP) and an International Driver’s License (IDL)?
An International Driving Permit is a small grey booklet marginally larger than a passport containing a translation of your original driving license in 10 languages, including English, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish. It is recognized by 141 countries worldwide and is valid for one year.
In comparison, an International Driving License is not a legal document and cannot be used to drive in foreign countries or instead of an IDP.
How does an International Driving Permit work in Palestine State?
International Driving Permits are not legally required in Palestine, but they are highly recommended as they are translated into Arabic and Hebrew, the most commonly spoken languages here. English is not widely spoken, and considering there are many checkpoints and police stops across Palestine state; tourists should have an IDP to avoid any trouble.
Applying for an IDP
Getting an IDP is an easy and convenient process, and it can be applied online through our website – “insert website link.” As long as the applicant has a valid driving license from their home country, fill out an application form and submit the following documents:
- Valid driver’s license
- Completed application form
- Photo ID, passport
- Debit/credit card for payment
How much does an IDP cost?
An IDP can be obtained through our website for $49 per year!
How long does it take to get an IDP?
How long it will take for an IDP to arrive will vary depending on the applicant’s method and the local delivery times. Our website offers a standard application process which will have a digital IDP arrive in the applicant’s email after 2 hours. A physical IDP will be delivered to the provided address in 2 to 30 days.
Our website also offers an express service for those in a hurry. An express service costs an extra fee, which means an IDP will be delivered by email in only 20 minutes. Express delivery can also be chosen, reducing the delivery time to between 2 and 14 days.
United Nations road traffic agreement
The United Nations Road Traffic Agreement is an agreement that was made between 150 countries throughout three conventions, which implement the use of IDPs across these countries. There have been 3 UN automotive conventions held so far, the first in 1926 in Paris, followed by one in 1949 in Geneva, and the last took place in 1968 in Vienna.
One of the other main components agreed upon during these conventions was the ability of governments to authorize other automotive organizations to issue IDPs on the government’s behalf.
Benefits Of Carrying An IDP
Although not legally required to carry an IDP in Palestine State, tourists are highly recommended and even urged to do so during their trip.
Form of identification
Having an IDP in Palestine State is hugely beneficial for international identification. There is usually a significant language barrier for most tourists traveling to Palestine, with only Arabic and Hebrew being widely spoken here.
Car rental companies
As with most countries, car rental companies in Palestine State will require tourists to hold an IDP to rent a car.
Driving Requirements For Non-citizens’
Short-term visitors vs. long-term residents
Visitors staying in Palestine State for 12 months or less are permitted to drive with their domestic driver’s license. However, tourists who go and come from Palestine State cannot drive with just a domestic driver’s license. Leaving and returning in less than three months will not allow a driver to use their domestic driver’s license here.
Any person staying in Palestine State longer than 12 months or who comes and goes from here frequently will need to obtain a driver’s license in Palestine State to be allowed legally to drive here.
When Do I Need To Get A Driver’s License In Palestine State?
Any person staying longer than 12 months or becoming a resident in Palestine State will need to get a local driver’s license. Any person who wishes to convert their driving license to a local license will have to complete the following steps:
- The license must be an official translation of English or Hebrew; if not, it must be translated first.
- Get the required documents such as a domestic driver’s license, a valid form of ID, a visa, and an immigration document. The license holder must arrive at a photocopy station authorized by the Ministry of Transport.
- When the documents are presented, the applicant will receive an application form (green form), and all documents can be handed into the Conversion Department at the Licensing Department.
- Foreign drivers are then required to complete a control test, a short 15-minute practical driving test to prove that the applicant is aware of the local traffic laws.
Any person who doesn’t qualify to convert their domestic driver’s license will have to apply for a full driving test, which will require a theory examination and a practical driving test.
Renewing Your IDP Or Driver’s License In Palestine State
An IDP cannot be renewed to use in Palestine State after the 12 months have expired, and a local driver’s license is then required. If a tourist wishes to continue their IDP from Palestine State to drive to another country, they can contact their IDP issuer to have it renewed.
To qualify for a local license in Palestine, a tourist must have a valid domestic driver’s license. If a driver’s license is nearly expired before applying for a local license, contact the original license issuer to have a renewed license sent to the address.
Vehicle Rental In Palestine State
Public transport is far and few in Palestine State, and if a tourist truly wishes to explore Palestine State without limitations, a car rental is the best option.
Typically car rental agencies are set up within Palestine state, and cars can also be collected and dropped off at the Yasser Arafat International Airport, located near the Egypt border.
Renting vehicles in Palestine State
Unfortunately, many car rental companies in Palestine are unavailable online, and many larger companies cannot be collected in Palestine State. However, many local Palestinian car rental agencies hire cars that can be collected throughout Palestine State.
Car rental in Palestine State is very affordable, with most car rental companies charging as little as $10 per day up to $50 per day, depending on several factors.
Car rental costs will always fluctuate depending on the size and type of required car, any mandatory insurance, and necessary add-ons such as GPS, wifi, car seats, or the driver’s age.
Many car rental agencies will require a younger driver to pay an additional fee, a young driver’s fee. This fee applies to young drivers aged between 21-25 and is primarily due to the increased insurance risk associated with inexperienced drivers driving on unknown roads.
Car insurance on any vehicle is mandatory in Palestine state. Any traveler visiting Palestine State must have insurance on local or rental cars when in Palestine State.
A minimum insurance policy for Third parties, fire, and theft is required to ensure the other person’s vehicle is covered in the event of a collision. Some rental companies may need drivers to have additional insurance, such as a collision damage waiver (CDW) or loss damage waiver (LDW). Check the policy with the company a rental car is being obtained from to see the required insurance.
Palestine State requires drivers to carry a green card when driving. A green card is a card that proves the vehicle is insured and can be purchased from local authorities.
- Documents required
- All car rental companies around the world will require drivers to provide the following documents:
- An IDP or local license
- Domestic driver’s license
- Id, such as passport
- Debit/credit card for payment
Driving in Palestine State
Brushing up on road rules before getting behind the wheel in a foreign country is wise.
Some things to keep in mind are:
- Always check a rental car is in good working condition, such as seatbelts, tires, and lights, before driving
- Make sure that insurance is supplied with the rental vehicle; if not, it is the customer’s responsibility to have adequate insurance on the car.
- All travel to Gaza and the Gaza strip is highly recommended against
- Traveling within the West Bank is also advised to do so with caution
- The legal driving age in Palestine state is 18
- Seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers in a car
- Driving is done on the left-hand side in Palestine State
- Using a mobile phone while driving is not allowed
- Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited
- The speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas and 100 km/h on freeways.
- Be sure to carry your license, IDP, passport, and insurance documents.
Top 3 Places to Visit in Palestine State
Palestine State is a mainly Jewish inhabited state located within Israel, and it is a hugely religious area and home to many holy and historical sites. Although there are restrictions on where people within Palestine state can travel to in Israel, tourists can freely move between the two.
Palestine state is a mostly Hebrew/Arabic speaking country and is located in the Middle East. Palestine State has a temperate Mediterranean climate, accompanied by a rainy season. Summers in the south can get uncomfortably hot, and the rainy season occurs from November to April.
With Palestine State being full of historical sites, beautiful scenery, and breathtaking architecture, there is so much for everyone to love here.
Jerusalem is a must-see for any tourist during their visit. There are loads of walks for tourists to part take in, as Jerusalem is home to holy sites for Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Some sacred places are planted here: The Western Wall, Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Many tourists like to start their explorations in the Old City, which is like taking a step back in time. Exploring Jerusalem with a tourist guide is a favorite for tourists, as they can unravel Palestinian State history.
The West Bank
The West Bank is essentially where Israel and Palestine State meet together. Although tourists are urged to exercise caution and visit with a tour guide, visits to the West Bank are generally peaceful and hassle-free.
Tourists can visit the walled communities of Israeli and Palestinian settlers. This area is full of history to explore and excellent Palestinian food, which is hailed as some of the best food in the Middle East.
Bethlehem is located within the West Bank and is a Palestinian city. Bethleham is a huge tourist attraction for Christian visitors. It is famous for being the birthplace of Jesus Christ. One of the main attractions of this city is the Church of Nativity, which is hugely popular with Catholics or anyone who celebrates Christmas.
Manger Square is the modernized central hub of Bethlehem. This square has plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, and souvenirs to keep tourists busy during their trip.
What do I do if I lose my IDP in Palestine State?
If you lost your IDP while in Palestine state, technically speaking, you could continue driving until it is replaced. Contact your IDP issuer as soon as possible and have a replacement sent to your address. Tourists are advised not to cross over to where border patrol police will be without an IDP, as the language barrier could cause issues.
Can I drive during the rainy season in Palestine State?
Driving during the rainy season is not an easy fret in Palestine State. Heavy downpours can make unpaved roads more dangerous, and limited visibility can increase the risk of accidents. Not impossible, but tourists are advised to take caution.
Are police checkpoints common in Palestine State?
Due to the civil unrest within Palestine, police checkpoints are very common, especially along the borders of Israeli-occupied land. Most police checkpoints are perfectly safe and normal. Tourists must carry all their legal documents such as a domestic driver’s license, international driving permit/local license, passport, visa, car rental documents, and green card for insurance.
Will I be safe in Palestine State?
Even though Palestine State has a large amount of civil unrest, tourists generally report feeling perfectly safe here. Stick to local travel rules and keep an eye on any travel restrictions, particularly around the Gaza strip, and other should be no issues during your visit.