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Driving in Armenia

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Armenia.
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1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Armenia can be a bit chaotic for those not used to it. The traffic rules are not always strictly followed, and drivers can be aggressive. It’s important to be alert and cautious at all times. Also, be prepared for unexpected maneuvers from other drivers.

2. Type of Car to Use

It’s recommended to use a car with a high ground clearance due to the condition of some roads, especially in rural areas. A 4×4 vehicle would be ideal if you plan to explore outside the city. However, within the city, any type of car would suffice.

3. Parking Situation

Finding parking in Armenia can be challenging, especially in busy areas. Some areas have paid parking lots, but they can be expensive. It’s advisable to find accommodation with parking included or to use public transportation when possible.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Colombia with an international driving permit for up to 180 days. After this period, you will need to obtain a Colombian driver’s license.

5. Obtaining a Colombian Driver’s License

To get a Colombian driver’s license, you will need to pass a driving test and a theoretical exam. You will also need to provide a medical certificate. It’s advisable to contact the local transportation department for detailed information as the process can be complex and time-consuming.

6. Road Conditions

While major roads and highways in Armenia are generally in good condition, some rural and minor roads can be poorly maintained. Be prepared for potholes and uneven surfaces. Also, be aware that road signage may not be as clear or as prevalent as you might be used to.

7. Safety Precautions

Always keep your doors locked and windows up, especially at traffic lights, to prevent opportunistic theft. Also, avoid driving at night if possible, as visibility can be poor and there’s a higher risk of accidents.

8. Be Prepared for Traffic Jams

Armenia, like many Colombian cities, can experience heavy traffic, especially during rush hours. Always allow extra time for your journey and be patient.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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