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No IDP - What are my options?

Perth, Australia
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No IDP - What are my options?

I am currently doing a Euro Trip and am about Midway through it. However, I have misplaced my IDP. ( I have an Australian Drivers License)

The original plan was to hire a car from Germany and Drive to Salzburg . I have booked accomodation and have planned my trip with a car which I have prepaid for.

Is there ANY solution? I have called the car hire company and they said it isn't a problem in Germany but they aren't sure about Austria.

I know this sounds a little ridiculous but is there no recourse? or should I just take a chance?

It would be pretty disappointing if I had to cancel my entire trip to Austria.

Vienna, Austria
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1. Re: No IDP - What are my options?

Take the chance! A cancellation of your trip would be way over the top....

Bad Ischl, Austria
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2. Re: No IDP - What are my options?

Austrian Embassy in Canberra


You risk a fine if stopped by the police in Austria.

Your choice is don't drive or take the risk. If you do risk it and use motorways make sure you have a Vignette.

Edited: 28 June 2014, 19:59
Perth, Australia
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3. Re: No IDP - What are my options?

Yes i will be definitely getting a vignette.

Yeah I was planning to take a risk. I tried doing a search on thr web but to no avail. AFAIK it all comes down to the officer if I actually do get stopped.

Hope I will be fine.

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4. Re: No IDP - What are my options?

For what it's worth, we done 11 trips so far with a rental car that included Austria and Germany. While I always have an IDP, I've never been asked for it, even at rental counters. I've also never been stopped by police. If it were me, I'd just go along with my trip and just be a bit more cautious driving.

Buy the Austrian Vignette before crossing into Austria.


Dublin, Ireland
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5. Re: No IDP - What are my options?

you are far more likely to fall foul of the cops if you are caught speeding, away from autobahns. these are the ones who might ask for your licence. but as it is in english, you should have no problem

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