Friday, July 1, 2016

Driving on Kenyan Roads with a Foreign License

The conditions allowing one to drive on Kenyan roads using a foreign driving license are stipulated in Kenya's Traffic Act. Part IV, Section 31, Sub-Section 1A states that the individual must be a "holder of a valid driving licence for that class of motor vehicle granted by a competent authority in some part of the Commonwealth where such driving licences are granted only after a prescribed test
has been passed or is the holder of an international driving permit."

Those, therefore, are the only two conditions:

  • You must hold a driving license issued by any country that is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, or,
  • You must hold an International Driving Permit (IDP). Please note that the IDP is not a substitute for a license. You must carry your home license with you at all times. 

Countries Whose Citizens are Allowed to Drive in Kenya

There are currently 53 countries in the membership of the Commonwealth of Nations. If your country is among the following countries, you can drive in Kenya with your local driving license.

Africa Asia Caribbean and Americas
Botswana Bangladesh Antigua and Barbuda
Cameroon Brunei Darussalam Bahamas, The
Ghana India Barbados
Kenya Malaysia Belize
Lesotho Maldives Canada
Malawi Pakistan Dominica
Mauritius Singapore Grenada
Mozambique Sri Lanka Guyana
Namibia
Jamaica
Nigeria
Saint Lucia
Rwanda
St Kitts and Nevis
Seychelles
St Vincent and The Grenadines
Sierra Leone
Trinidad and Tobago
South Africa

Swaziland

Uganda

United Republic of Tanzania

Zambia





Europe Pacific
Cyprus Australia
Malta Fiji
United Kingdom Kiribati

Nauru

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

Samoa

Solomon Islands

Tonga

Tuvalu

Vanuatu

To apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP), you need to liaise with your local traffic authority. Most countries issue IDP's upon application.


Source
Traffic Act Chapter 403, Laws of Kenya

Suggested Reading
How to Get a Foreign Vehicle Permit


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