According to new instructions issued by Israel’s Ministry of Transportation, Israeli drivers who are planning to drive while abroad will require an international license. Sources within the Ministry told Israeli media outlets that the new changes are being implemented due to pressure from numerous international bodies that want to see a higher level of security for travelers.
Until now, Israeli drivers were able to drive on their regular Israeli license in numerous countries such as the United States as well as the European Union. From now on, that luxury will cost Israelis 20 NIS for obtaining the international license as well as time waiting in line to do so. The Ministry also stated that licenses, like health insurance, will have to be obtained before the person travels abroad and that the government offices such as embassies and consulates abroad will not be able to issue the licenses, whereas until now, they were.
The good news is that the new international licenses will be accepted in 175 countries.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)