UAE: No driving licence test required for residents from these 43 countries


Obtaining a driving licence in the UAE tops the list of priorities for most expats. While a majority of residents have to undergo several tests before being granted a license, there are a select few countries whose licence-holders are exempt from it and allowed to drive in the country.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) offers a service that facilitates the exchange of driving licenses within the ‘Markhoos’ initiative. It grants visitors the right to drive with their national driving license or exchange it with a UAE license if they hold a residence permit.

According to a list posted on the MoI’s website, licence-holders from these 43 countries are allowed to swap a driving licence from their home country for a UAE licence:

  • Estonia
  • Albania
  • Portugal
  • China
  • Hungary
  • Greece
  • Ukraine
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovak
  • Slovenia
  • Serbia
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Iceland
  • Montenegro
  • United State of America
  • France
  • Japan
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Ireland
  • Spain
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • Austria
  • Finland
  • United Kingdom
  • Turkey
  • Canada
  • Poland
  • South Africa
  • Australia

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