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Driving in Switzerland with a foreign driving license

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I was due to travel to Swiss on 15th of August 2011 , iam holding a valid indian licence.
Can someone please tell me if iam eligible to Drive in Swiss on my indian licence ?

Will appreciate early response on this.
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Old 04.07.2011, 19:40
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Re: Drive in Swiss

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Hi

I was due to travel to Swiss on 15th of August 2011 , iam holding a valid indian licence.
Can someone please tell me if iam eligible to Drive in Swiss on my indian licence ?

Will appreciate early response on this.

I dont know about Swiss.

In Switzerland though... well... maybe.... maybe not... depends
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I was due to travel to Swiss on 15th of August 2011 , iam holding a valid indian licence.
Can someone please tell me if iam eligible to Drive in Swiss on my indian licence ?

Will appreciate early response on this.
Where is Swiss?
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Old 04.07.2011, 19:47
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Re: Drive in Swiss

Don't worry Harry- this happens everytime somebody makes that mistake. Suisse is the French name for Switzerland. A person from Switzerland is a 'Swiss' in English, or un Suisse (or female: une Suissesse) in French.
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Any foreigner with a valid international driving license may drive as long as they have third party insurance.

Driving in Switzerland with a valid foreign driving licence is permitted as long as certain regulations are respected. For example if the licence is in a language other than French, English, Italian, German it is recommended that it be accompanied by an international one, which is valid for a period of three years.
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Re: Driving in Switzerland with a foreign driving license

For a short stay, should be ok. If you want to live in CH, I think you will have to do some driving test (exam) to get your swiss license.
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Re: Driving in Switzerland with a foreign driving license

It's nice to have members answering questions, but it's a good idea to have a quick look at a post or two which already give replies before you do. The one above yours gives a link to a relevant source, but most posters will read your 'written out' text, still be in the dark and ignore the former post which would have cleared things up.
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Re: Driving in Switzerland with a foreign driving license

Hello there,

You can drive within Switzerland for one year. Within this year you can try to take the Swiss driving test, with an Indian license, you can't transfer your license but must pass the Swiss practical test. I have to warn you though, they have a very high failure rate.

Should you fail the test, you need to start from scratch applying for a Swiss license. If you don't want to do that, you may ask for your license every time you travel home or to another country to you can use your Indian license again for that limited time. You have to pay quite a high fee for this "temporary loan" of your license but at least you drive elsewhere but Switzerland then.

Hope that helps.

If you need to start from scratch, the first thing you need to do is take a "Nothelferkurs", a specific First Aid course for the Driving License. If you want to find one, let me know, I can let you know dates of these courses.

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Re: Driving in Switzerland with a foreign driving license

Hello,
As far as I know your indian liscence is valid for 1 year from the day you enter switzerland. I guess you can drive with your india dirving liscence.
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Re: Driving in Switzerland with a foreign driving license

I also researched this. Most countries in EU allow your foreign(indian) driving license as long as its in English/German etc., depending upon the country. English is widely accepted.
However, some people have told me, that rental cars can be a pain, so get an IDP anyways(International Drivers Permit)
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Re: Driving in Switzerland with a foreign driving license

Hi!

As far as I know, you need to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with your Indian driving license if you want to hire a car in Switzerland. However if u hold a Swiss residence permit, you can drive with your Indian license for one year.
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