Drive in France with Saudi License

drive in France with saudi driving license

One question frequently arises whether or not Saudi Arabian citizens can drive in France with their Saudi license.

We will analyze the regulations surrounding driving in France with a Saudi license and provide you with all the information you need.

Can Saudi Citizens Drive in France with a Saudi License?

The short answer is yes, Saudi citizens can drive in France with a Saudi license. However, some particular rules and regulations need to be followed.

International Driving Permit

To drive in France with a Saudi license, you must obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) before you travel to France. An IDP is a document that translates your Saudi license into several languages, including French.

It is important to note that an IDP is not a license but a translation of your existing license. The process of obtaining an IDP is relatively easy.

Driving Regulations in France

Once you have obtained your IDP, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the driving regulations in France. Here are some necessary regulations to keep in mind:

  1. Drive on the Right Side of the Road: In France, as in most European countries, you must drive on the Right.
  2. Speed Limits: The speed limit in France varies depending on the type of road you are driving on. On motorways, the speed limit is 130 km/h (80 mph). On rural roads, the speed limit is 80 km/h (50 mph). In built-up areas, the speed limit is 50 km/h (30 mph).
  3. Alcohol Limits: In France, the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers is 0.5 grams per liter of blood. This is equivalent to one small glass of wine or beer.
  4. Seat Belts: It is mandatory to wear a seat belt in France, both in the front and back seats of the car.
  5. Mobile Phones: Using a mobile phone while driving in France is illegal, even if you are using a hands-free device.
  6. Road Signs: It is essential to familiarize yourself with the road signs in France, as they may differ from those in Saudi Arabia.

Alcohol and Drug Use When Driving in France

Consumption of alcohol and drugs can have serious consequences when driving in France, as it can impair judgment, coordination, and reaction time.

In France, the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers is 0.5 grams per liter of blood, and penalties for exceeding this limit can include fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment.

Additionally, the use of drugs while driving is strictly prohibited, and penalties for drug-related offenses can be severe. It is essential always to drive sober and avoid any substance impairing your ability to drive safely.

Insurance Requirements

It is also important to note that all drivers in France must have insurance. The rental company will provide insurance if you are driving a rental car. However, if you are driving your vehicle, you must obtain insurance before you travel to France. Securing insurance that covers both third-party liability and damage to your car is recommended.


Driving in France with a Saudi license is possible, but following the regulations and obtaining an IDP before you travel is essential. Familiarize yourself with the driving rules in France and make sure you have adequate insurance. With proper planning and preparation, driving in France can be a safe and enjoyable experience for Saudi citizens.

Waheed Akhtar
I'm Waheed Akhtar, a driving enthusiast in Saudi Arabia. My passion for road safety and education drives me to share valuable insights from my personal journey. Let's connect.


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