I have a European car licence. But I don't have any motorcycle licence.

Am I allowed to ride a 125cc scooter in Indonesia?


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Depending on which city you are visiting, generally speaking you can use international driving license (if you have one).

The problem however lies on the human aspect.

  1. Local police doesn't really know about this rule
  2. They don't speak english that well.
  3. They can be bribed...

I know many foreigners riding scooter without proper license in Bali, Lombok or some other small cities, where these rules can be more lenient toward tourists. You can find loads of places where you can rent a scooter for as cheap as $10/day (excl. fuel). Most of them only requires you to hand over a copy of your passport or some refundable deposit.

But if you are planning to explore big cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang it is much better if you just rent a car.

  • You mean 50'000 rupees per day for a scooter. $10 is 130'000 rupees, which would be a rip off.
    – Adrien Be
    Jun 28, 2015 at 12:34
  • By the way, your answer is interesting but does not help me to find the actual law. Not just what people do and police being bribed, we all know that, it's all over the internet ;)
    – Adrien Be
    Jun 28, 2015 at 12:36
  • @AdrienBe first of all the local currency is Indonesian Rupiah (Rp), i believe Rupees is India. 1 USD = (roughly) Rp.13,000. A quick google search gives me this: goo.gl/d0Y5vr
    – Jeremy
    Jun 29, 2015 at 8:36
  • @AdrienBe you might wanna check this as well: aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Driving_Permit
    – Jeremy
    Jun 29, 2015 at 8:37
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    Thee answer to this question is interesting as well travel.stackexchange.com/a/44415/6213
    – Jeremy
    Jun 29, 2015 at 8:46

I think it would be best to get in touch with the local department of Indonesian Traffic. Usually it is not allowed as per the country rules but can be applicable if you certify yourself through Indonesian Government Rules. The main reason for not applicable is due to the rules of driving in particular country. Then also it would be best as I said to get in touch with there local department.

  • Please contact xxxx is not an answer, is it?
    – Adrien Be
    Jun 28, 2015 at 12:37

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