Those travelling to Greece with the intention of renting a vehicle are now required by law to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to a valid driver’s licence from their country of origin.

The new regulations apply to all vehicles, including cars and motorcycles. Those found to be driving without the necessary documentation will face having the vehicle seized, along with receiving hefty on the spot fines.

Meanwhile the Greek Car Rental Companies Association (STEEA), has called on the country’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks to make further clarifications on the law, and ensure all tourists are informed to avoid any confusion that will lead to heavy fines not only for the driver, but the rental company as well.

“This may pose a problem for tourists who neglected to bring the international permit because they will not be able to rent a car in our country,” STEEA director, Anna Vlachava told ANA-MPA.

“The fines are huge and a circular from the ministry is needed to clarify the situation especially in view of the start of the summer season as it may impact car rental companies and tourism overall.”

To avoid any issues, travellers are advised to obtain an IDP, which in most cases only takes a day to be obtained and is valid for 12 months.

For further information on how to obtain an IDP from Australia, visit