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DoDEA OSS: Safety and Security Tips: When Driving Out of Country or on Vacation

When Driving out of Country or on Vacation
  • Your U.S. drivers license, or if assigned overseas, the license issued by the U.S. military, is not valid in all countries; or may not be recognized by car rental agencies in remote areas of many countries in which it is valid. Obtaining an international license is always advisable, and is legally required to drive in some countries. Note: For official DoDEA HQ travelers, your valid U.S. drivers license is legally recognized in all countries in which DoDEA currently operates.
  • Check with your insurance company to make certain your policy covers you in the area to which you are traveling. Ask them about any special concerns. Carry proof of insurance. Note: Most rental cars rented in European countries in which DoDEA currently operates may not be legally operated in former Eastern Block countries.
  • Consider the use of a vehicle that will not identify you as a foreigner. Rent a vehicle if appropriate.

Sources for Additional Information

The U.S. Department of State operates a 24 hour per day information center. Travel advisories for countries and areas can be obtained from the center, and travelers can report emergencies involving U.S. citizens. Information concerning marriages overseas, citizenship questions, and judicial services can also be obtained. The telephone number is (202) 647-5225.

Most U.S. military transportation offices maintain travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State through Department of Defense channels.

Pamphlets and publications can provide valuable information concerning general security issues and crime prevention tips; but they should not be used as a sole source of such information. The most current and specific information can and should be obtained from Law Enforcement Officials, Security Officers, and/or U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officers in the area in which you live or are planning to travel.

Be Smart | Be Alert | Be Aware