Can I Drive in Saudi Arabia with a Pakistani Driving License?

A lot of people visit Saudi Arabia from Pakistan on a family visit visa or on a work visa.

And they wonder if they can drive in Saudi Arabia with a Pakistani Driving License?

So, in this article, I’ll answer this common question.

What You Need to Know

You should be aware of important information to avoid legal issues when driving in Saudi Arabia with a Pakistani Driving License.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Validity of a Pakistan License

Good news!

If you’re planning to drive in Saudi Arabia, you can do so legally for up to three months with your Pakistani driver’s license or an International Driving Permit (IDP).

2. Beyond Three Months

After the initial three-month period, your IDP (or any foreign driver’s license) including a Pakistani one, becomes invalid in Saudi Arabia.

But for GCC license holders, it’s different.

They can drive in Saudi Arabia for up to one year from their entry into the country or until their license expires, whichever comes first – Gulf News.

3. Important Tip

While a Pakistani IDP allows you to drive in Saudi Arabia, explaining this to the authorities if you get stopped might be a challenge.

So, it’s a good idea not to rely solely on your Pakistani driving license for long-term driving in Saudi Arabia.

4. Getting a Local Saudi License

If you plan to stay in Saudi Arabia or drive here frequently, it is advisable to get a local Saudi driver’s license. 

Renting a car with a Pakistani license might be challenging. 

5. Traffic Fines in Saudi Arabia

It’s important to be aware of traffic fines in Saudi Arabia. 

You can receive traffic fine alerts when you register.

Failing to pay fines promptly will result in increasing fines. 

These fines are tied to your visa status and unpaid fines can stop you from leaving the country.

If you accumulate multiple fines, your license might get revoked.

6. Taking Your Car Outside Saudi Arabia

If your car is not fully owned (e.g., under a bank loan or lease-purchase agreement), taking it out of the country is prohibited. 

You’ll need to obtain an “Istamara” form each time you travel abroad with your vehicle.

Also check: How to Transfer Vehicle Ownership through Absher in Saudi Arabia.

Final Words

Driving in Saudi Arabia with a Pakistani license is doable for a limited time.

However, if you plan to stay longer or drive frequently, it’s a smart move to get yourself a local Saudi driver’s license.

Be mindful of traffic rules and regulations to avoid fines and enjoy a smooth and touble-free driving experience in this beautiful country.

Safe travels!

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