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UAE Driving License Allows Citizens to Drive Vehicles in These Countries

The UAE Ministry of the Interior has identified 25 countries where citizens can replace their UAE driving license when residing there. There is also a list of 24 countries where the UAE driving license is recognized upon visit. Here is a breakdown of the information provided:

S/NoCountries where citizens can replace their UAE driving licenseCountries where UAE driving license is recognized upon visit
1EstoniaEstonia
2AlbaniaAlbania
3PortugalPortugal
4HungaryHungary
5GreeceGreece
6UkraineUkraine
7BulgariaBulgaria
8SlovakiaSlovakia
9SloveniaSlovenia
10SerbiaSerbia
11CyprusCyprus
12LatviaLatvia
13LuxembourgLuxembourg
14LithuaniaLithuania
15MaltaMalta
16IcelandIceland
17MontenegroMontenegro
18United KingdomUnited Kingdom
19AustriaAustria
20DenmarkDenmark
21NetherlandsNetherlands
22PolandPoland
23FinlandFinland
24ChinaChina
25Republic of South Korea 

The UAE Ministry of the Interior has also provided detailed information on their website regarding the recognition and exchange of driving licenses for citizens of various nationalities. Here are some important details to keep in mind. MOI.GOV.UAE

Recognized Foreign Driving Licenses in UAE

Citizens of 43 different nationalities can drive a vehicle in the UAE using their national driving license without any restrictions during their visit. To do so, the license must be valid and the entry into the country must be for a purpose other than residency.

Replacement of National License with UAE License

Citizens of 44 nationalities can replace their national driving license with a UAE driving license during their residency in the country, subject to fulfilling certain conditions. These conditions include:

  • Being among the countries permitted to exchange a driver’s license.
  • Holding a valid residence permit.
  • Possessing a permanent and valid national license.
  • Passing a medical examination and complying with other requirements to exchange driving licenses.
  • Fulfilling the legal age requirement in accordance with the laws and regulations of the UAE.

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