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International Drivers Licence

I am a full irish motorbike licence holder who has left it too late to get a international drivers permit, do i need it for travel to ghana by road thru spain,morocco,mauritania,senegal, mali, ghana, ivory coast and burkina?
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I am a full irish motorbike licence holder who has left it too late to get a international drivers permit, do i need it for travel to ghana by road thru spain,morocco,mauritania,senegal, mali, ghana, ivory coast and burkina?
I had IDPs but I don't think I've ever been asked for them (in Morocco, Mauri, Mali, or Burkina). Instead of looking at it as essential, it might be better to see it as an official-looking piece of paper which is handy to have in reserve just in case you need to wave it at a skeptical gendarme in the middle of nowhere, or some bureaucrat in a consulate/borderpost who wants to see more paperwork before rubberstamping your application.

If in doubt, take other official-looking pieces of paper. Especially with stamps on.
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It's a while since I got one, but I thought the AA office on Suffolk St. in dublin could do one while you wait?

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I never once got asked for my IDP in Mali, Mauri, Maroc or Senegal. And in Senegal it is supposedly required and I was stopped a lot.

What I suggest you do do is get some really good copies of you EU photocard license and get them laminated-the French word is 'plastication' and use them if poss. That way you can afford to loose a few........
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thanks

im gonna 'fake one up' at home and hope for the best i have copies of my drivers licence laminated etc and fische x50 should be ok, also have orig of the same and copies along with registration document.
you can get them done on the spot in Dublin but i live in limerick and dont have a day off to go up and get one!
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