International driver lisence

International Driver's License and Traffic Law Guide 

 Stay Safe and Legal on Crete's Roads
In Greece, including Crete, a valid international driver's license is required to rent a car. In addition to the international driver's license, you must also have a valid driver's license from your country of origin. It is important to note that some car rental companies may also require that you have held your driver's license for a certain period of time, such as a minimum of one year before you are eligible to rent a car.

International driving lisence

In Greece, it is mandatory to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with a valid domestic driver's license to legally rent and drive a motor vehicle. The IDP is an internationally recognized document written in 10 languages, serving as a translation of the domestic driver's license, allowing the holder to operate a private motor vehicle in countries that recognize the document. However, it is important to note that some car rental agencies may not properly inform their customers of the requirement and may agree to rent to them without the necessary documentation. Driving without an IDP may result in high fines and being responsible for all expenses in the event of an accident. According to the Greek Traffic Law updated in May 2018, both the driver and car rental company may be fined 1,000 Euro each for this violation.

What document do I need to rent a car on Crete?

To rent a car on Crete, you typically need to provide the following documents:

  1. A valid driver's license: This must be a full, unrestricted driver's license that has been held for a minimum period, usually one or one year.
  2. Passport or ID card: This will be used to verify your identity, so you must bring the original document with you.
  1. An International Driving Permit (IDP): As previously mentioned, an IDP is required in Greece to accompany your valid domestic driver's license. It is mandatory to present both documents at the time of receiving the car you rented.

It is recommended to check with the car rental company beforehand as requirements may vary.

You should not leave your original documents such as your passport, driver's license or ID card at the car rental office. These are important and valuable documents that you will need during your stay in Crete. Instead, you may be required to provide a photocopy or a scanned copy of your documents for the rental company to keep on file, but it's important to clarify this with the rental company beforehand. Generally, you will need to present your original documents for verification purposes at the time of pickup, and then they will be returned to you. It's always a good idea to keep your original documents with you at all times while traveling.

Crete driving law

Is the traffic law different in Crete?

The traffic laws in Crete are the same as the traffic laws in the rest of Greece. However, there may be some local regulations specific to Crete or some areas of the island that you should be aware of. For example, in certain towns or villages, there may be restrictions on the use of cars during certain hours, or certain roads may be closed to vehicles. It is important to pay attention to signs and follow the rules of the road to avoid any fines or penalties. Additionally, Crete is a popular tourist destination, so there may be more traffic on the roads during peak tourist season.

Crete driving law

As a part of Greece, Crete follows Greek driving laws. Here are some key driving laws to keep in mind when driving in Crete:

  1. Drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  2. It is mandatory for drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts.
  3. The legal drinking limit is 0.5mg/ml of blood. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited.
  4. The use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited, except when using a hands-free device.
  5. The speed limit in urban areas is 50 km/h, while on highways it is 90 km/h. In certain areas, there may be lower speed limits.
  6. All passengers on a motorcycle or scooter must wear helmets.
  7. It is illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying passengers who are under the age of 12.
  8. Children under the age of 10 and less than 135cm tall must sit in a child seat.
  9. It is mandatory to carry a valid driver's license, car registration, and proof of insurance with you at all times.
  10. In case of an accident, it is mandatory to call the police and report the accident.

It's important to note that these laws are subject to change, so it's a good idea to stay informed and up-to-date on any changes.