Residents Of These 43 Countries Exempted From Driving License Tests In The UAE

by Anupriya Mishra
Residents Of These 43 Countries Exempted From Driving License Tests In The UAE

Let’s be honest, those who have the means to drive, ensure that they learn this life skill as it comes in handy and makes life easier. Especially for the experts living in the UAE, it seems that obtaining a driving licence is one of the most important things. After all, commuting within the UAE becomes a lot easier, if someone has a driving license and a car. However, did you know people from a few countries are exempted from taking driving license tests? Well, in case you didn’t, here’s all about this rule.

Expats From These Countries Are Exempted From Driving License Tests?

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Yes, as it happens, there are several countries whose citizens living in the UAE are exempted from undergoing a series of tests for a driving licence if they already hold one in their home country. According to a news report by the Khaleej Times, this service is offered by the Ministry of Interior, which facilitates the exchange of driving licenses. It happens under the Markhoos initiative that allows visitors the right to drive with their own national driving license. Moreover, it also allows them to exchange it with a UAE license in case they hold a residence permit. Now, isn’t this pretty convenient?

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People From These 43 Countries Can Swap Their License

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Well, if you are wondering about the fact whether you fall under this category or not, then here’s a list of all the countries that are included in this scheme. As such, licence holders from these 43 countries are allowed to swap their driving licences from their home countries. The list is as follows –

  1. Albania
  2. Portugal
  3. Hungary
  4. Greece
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Ukraine
  7. Estonia
  8. Slovak
  9. Slovenia
  10. Serbia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Latvia
  13. China
  14. Luxembourg
  15. Lithuania
  16. United State of America
  17. Iceland
  18. Montenegro
  19. France
  20. Japan
  21. Belgium
  22. Switzerland
  23. Germany
  24. Malta
  25. Italy
  26. Sweden
  27. Ireland
  28. Spain
  29. Norway
  30. New Zealand
  31. Romania
  32. Singapore
  33. Hong Kong
  34. Netherlands
  35. Denmark
  36. Austria
  37. Finland
  38. United Kingdom
  39. Turkey
  40. Canada
  41. Poland
  42. South Africa
  43. Australia

So, if you’re someone who is new to the emirate, and belongs to any of the above countries, this rule might be of interest to you. Or if you know someone who is from any of these countries, then don’t forget to share this news with them.

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