Why carry an IDP while driving in Burundi?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Burundi highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Burundi
For driving in Burundi, presence of the valid International driving permit is the main driving license requirement. One of the hidden treasures of East Africa, Burundi is waiting for you. Take the most exciting adventures by hopping in with your own car. Take note some of these reminders to help you.
Important Reminders For Driving in Burundi:
- Drive on the left side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is 18 years old.
- Seat belts are a must.
- Hands-free is a must. Keep your phone away unless it is hands-free.
- Drink moderately. The legal alcohol limit is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood. If you exceeded, you’ll surely find yourself in jail for 24 hrs.
- The speed limit is 40 km/h in urban places and 60 km/h in rural areas.
- Take note of police phone number, it is 112.
- Third-party insurance is mandatory.
- Watch for police officers as they do random checks.
Additional Information For Driving in Burundi:
In Burundi some people drive without driver licenses; moreover, the Burundian driver licenses can be acquired without training. So, most Burundian drivers are not careful, predictable, or mindful of driving rules.
In Bujumbura, there are no functioning traffic signals. Roadways are not marked. In the rainy season, driving on many side roads is passable only with four-wheel drive vehicles.
If a driver is found to have caused an accident, he will be automatically fined and his driving permit will be confiscated until the police investigation is completed.
In Bujumbura, the police phone number is 22-22-37-77; it is no comparable outside the capital. From February to May, heavy rains may cut roads and damaged infrastructure. A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for entry into Burundi.
Driving in Burundi during Winter:
Burundi is an African country so there is no winter here. Avoid travelling during the rainy season from December to February. Keep your emergency kits handy at all times. Plan your trip accordingly.
Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.
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