A first in the new Fodors format?


Mar 13th, 2018, 06:49 PM
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A first in the new Fodors format?

The "Do I need an IDP for France for a day jaunt" is closed to further comment. I guess the nanny got tired of the kids.

Anyhoo, to answer PalenQ's question of whether U.S. visitors to the U.K. need to have an IDP, the answer is apparently not if you're just visiting and driving a typical rental car or motorcycle. Lorries and vans are another story.

Nevertheless, Autoeurope.com highly recommends you have one.


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Mar 13th, 2018, 07:02 PM
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Well thatís unfortunate. Posters still had scores to settle.
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Mar 13th, 2018, 07:36 PM
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And it isn't even the first time a thread has been closed to new posts in this new format. Seems we're in for a bumpy ride.
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Mar 13th, 2018, 08:09 PM
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And I was about to post this:

From the US State Dept website:

It is illegal to drive without a valid license and insurance in most countries. You should check with the embassy of the country you plan to visit or live in to find specific driver's license requirements. Many countries do not recognize a U.S. driver's license, but most accept an International Driving Permit (IDP). IDPs may not be valid the whole time you stay abroad and may only be valid with a U.S. or local license.

You can get an IDP before you leave through these automobile associations:From https://franceintheus.org/spip.php?article376

You may drive with a valid U.S. driver’s license if it is accompanied by a notarized translation in French. It is strongly recommended that you carry an International Driving Permit. You must be 18 years of age or older to drive in France. (More information may be found here)."

Seems you can pay a lot for a notarized transcript, or not a lot for an IDP. Your choice.
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Mar 13th, 2018, 09:21 PM
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As the culprit who asked, what I thought was an innocuous question, the group convinced me to take the train.
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Mar 13th, 2018, 10:50 PM
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That's my choice too. No problems with navigating or parking.
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