I'm from Belgium and I have a Belgian drivers license (for just over 1 year).

In December I will be going to the Philippines. Do I need an international driver's license or can I use my Belgian one?


LTO is the government body in Philippines responsible for licensing drivers and registering vehicles. See the official LTO FAQ:

  1. I have a valid foreign driver’s license. Can I use it in the Philippines?

Yes, 90 days from date of arrival.

  1. Can I convert my foreign driver’s license into Philippine driver’s license?

Yes. If valid, no exams. If expired subject to written / practical exams. Click the link for more information. (Non-Professional Driver's License, Professional Driver's License)

This is also not an easy country to drive, due to poor road quality and huge traffic jams in big cities.

  • Getting a local licence used to be quite easy but it seems to be getting harder. The last time I tried, they wanted a residence permit. I gave up and used my UK licence. At best, you will spend a long time in the office and leave with an unimpressive receipt. The actual licence may arrive months later. – badjohn Aug 8 '18 at 7:01
  • Following the non-professional link shows a requirement that you have been there for one month and will stay at least one year. See qualification 5. So, not quite residence but not just a holiday either. I get leave to stay a year without visa as my wife is Filipino. That did not seem to be sufficient. – badjohn Aug 8 '18 at 7:06
  • @badjohn I had the same problem, but solved it – Yeti Apr 29 at 23:46
  • In short, the LTO FAQ does not say anything about the validity of an International Driving Permit. So with that additional IDP (part of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic of which the Philippines is a contracting party), you can easily drive in the Philippines for at least one year, even after the first 90 days. The FAQ may seem misleading by not including this fact. A Philippine driver's license is thus not required nor supported unless you are becoming a permanent resident. – Yeti Apr 30 at 14:33

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