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At the end of October I'm planning to drive my motorbike from Milano to my new temporary home in Kalamata, and In doing so I'd love to drive across a few country I've not yet pinned from my list, but:

  1. Generally speaking, I'm not sure if there are exceptions even in the EU in regard to driving licences
  2. I'd love to be able to change direction whenever I feel like it, so I'd be better to check every single country from Adriatic sea to Russian Borders, but it's a huge list.

I checked on Google but my usual Google-fu is failing me this time, so I'm asking here: is there some site I can put an itinerary into and get a list of all permits I need, or even better some infographic showing that info for the aforementioned countries?

  • I think basic license reciprocity is fairly universal. Do you have reason to believe it isn't? – phoog Sep 26 '16 at 21:29
  • No, but I have no reasons to believe the opposite too :-) – motoDrizzt Sep 26 '16 at 21:36
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    Fair enough. I already upvoted. If I were you, though, I'd be more worried about my insurance. Have you asked your insurer? – phoog Sep 26 '16 at 21:43
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    All EU/EEA countries recognize each other's licenses, it's one of the basic laws of the union. – JonathanReez Sep 27 '16 at 9:45
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    I don't think I completely understand your question. I thought driver's licenses issued in EU where valid in the whole EU. I just checked this: europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/vehicles/driving-licence/…. – DiscoFever Sep 27 '16 at 9:45
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All european countries (EU) share the same driving license, and there's a lot (Turkey, all currently applying countries, UK) of non--eu or non-schengen zones that share the same system and thus "convalidate" your license.

As long as you've got one of these types , you'll be fine. and when it gets old, you'll have to renew it at your new homeplace.

When outside of europe you might need the IDP to keep driving with your license.

It's a document that accompanies you license.

Countries that recognize the IDP:

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dark blue : 100% valid. light blue : 100% too, but might need extra paperwork.

more info:

International Driving Permit

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  • If you have an EU license, you don't even need an IDP within the EU. – CMaster Sep 27 '16 at 9:57
  • EU liscenses count as IDP as far as i know. – CptEric Sep 27 '16 at 9:57
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    NO, they don't. An IDP is a translation of an existing license, that has no validity without an accompanying license. An EU driving license is just an EU driving License. – CMaster Sep 27 '16 at 9:58
  • you learn something new everyday. – CptEric Sep 27 '16 at 9:59
  • This answer is a bit inaccurate. EU countries issue their own licences and recognise all other EU licences. The IDP is not the EU license system, it's not even a license but a supplementary document that many countries recognize and a few require for international visitors. However it's not required at all for EU country license holders travelling in other EU countries. – user35890 Sep 27 '16 at 10:31

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