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Driving in Armenia

Armenia
Population: 3m
Area: 29,743 square kilometres
Currency: Armenian Dram – AMD

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At the heart of the mountainous Caucasus region, the landlocked Armenia offers hard travellers a rich treasure trove of adventure, from dramatic hillsides speckled with medieval monasteries to its surprisingly cheerful capital, Yerevan.  

But if you’re planning a road trip all the way to Armenia, it’s essential you’re fully prepared ahead of time as driving there has many differences to the UK. 

To make your trip to the Continent as safe and effortless as possible, we’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know before you go, from required documents to rules of the road.  

Driving a rented vehicle? Jump to the advice for driving a hire car in Armenia section.

RAC European Breakdown Cover (Basic and Comprehensive) provides a wide range of benefits should you breakdown in Armenia to ensure you stay safe. 

To supplement this, RAC also offers travel insurance. Cover will include medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings, among many other benefits.

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Things to take when driving in Armenia

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Documents for driving in Armenia

  • A valid, full UK driving licence
  • A GB sticker (required even if your car has EU registration plates that show the GB code on a blue background, as Armenia is not part of the EU)
  • Car insurance (Armenia is not a member of the European Green Card system, but insurance can be bought at the border or ahead of time online)
  • Your motor insurance certificate
  • V5 registration document or hire car paperwork

Driving in Armenia packing checklist

Aside from the documents above, there are some legally-required items you must bring with you to drive in Denmark.

Unless your headlights can be adjusted, it's a legal requirement to carry headlamp converters (stickers for your headlights when driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way).

A warning triangle is also compulsory to carry in vehicles in case of a breakdown.

It's also recommended to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • A fire extinguisher 
  • A first-aid kit
  • A reflective jacket
  • Winter tyres/snow chains if driving in winter, especially on mountainous roads. 

You can pick up all the car kit you need from RAC Shop.

Rules of the road in Armenia

Driving in Armenia can differ to the UK, these are rules you must be aware of:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle
  • Since April 2018, car insurance is mandatory for all motorists. This can be bought at the border, or online via the ASWA website
  • When entering Armenia, expect to pay a number of taxes collected on the spot. These includes a payment for using Armenia motorways (around 10,000 ARD, roughly £20), which is then valid for 15 days. Should you stay longer, you will need to make a further payment
  • In Armenia, you drive on the right and overtake on the left. Vehicles from the right and emergency vehicles have priority
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence while driving through Armenia, you could be given an on-the-spot fine of up to 200,000 ALL (around £1,450)
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to sit in the front seat
  • The drink-drive limit for all drivers is strictly 0.00%. 

Armenian Speed limits

Speed limits vary across Armenia, so always check the signposts for maximum speeds. In urban areas, the limit is 60km/h unless in residential zones, where it is 20km/h unless otherwise signposted. Outside these areas, the limit is 90km/h. On the motorway, the limit is 110km/h

Other things you should know when driving in Armenia

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  • The standard of main roads in Armenia can vary dramatically – particularly in rural and mountainous areas – so take extra precautions, especially in winter. Potholes are often highlighted with paint to make things easier 
  • The standard of driving in Armenia can be more erratic than in other European countries, so keep your wits about you behind the wheel
  • Roads can be poorly illuminated, particularly in rural areas, so avoid driving after dark if possible
  • Unleaded petrol and diesel are readily available. Payment is generally made in cash, although some may accept credit cards
  • Parking can be limited in the capital, Yerevan.
  • The Nagorno-Karabakh region remains largely off-limits for foreigner visitors, with the border areas between Armenia and Azerbaijan heavily militarised and containing mines and unexploded ordnance. Any foreigner traveling with 5km of these borders is likely to be stopped by police or military officials

In an emergency

112 - Here's a really important bit of knowledge; you can dial 112 from anywhere in Europe and an operator will connect you to an emergency service in the country you're visiting.

Operators can answer your call in their native language, English or French.

Breaking down in Armenia

RAC offers great-value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.

Driving a hire car in Armenia

Not all of the information in the guide above will be relevant to those looking to rent a hire car in Armenia.

Though it might be a good idea to read through everything anyway, here are the most important things to know for drivers of rental vehicles:

Rental information

  • The minimum age to hire a car is 21
  • You need a full, valid UK driving licence and usually a second proof of ID (passport)
  • Some car rental companies ask that you have held your licence for a minimum term - check with your hire company first
  • Some companies may require you to use a credit card for deposit, its best to check beforehand
  • You may not be able to drive outside of Armenia unless planned in advance - check with your hire company first
  • Make sure you get car hire excess insurance before your trip to protect yourself from unexpected costs. It's almost always cheaper to do this with a separate insurer and in advance

Hire car driving tips

  • Armenians drive on the right and overtake on the left - the opposite to the UK
  • The national speed limit on Armenian motorways is 110km/h (68mph). On a main road outside a built-up area it's 90 km/h. For built-up areas it’s 60km/h, unless residential, where it is 20km/h
  • Dial 112 in an emergency
  • It’s compulsory to wear seat belts in the front and rear seats
  • The blood alcohol content limit for drivers of private vehicles is strictly zero

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Driving in Armenia FAQs

  • Is it safe to drive in Armenia?

    Yes, although the road network in Armenia can be very poorly maintained compared to other European countries, particularly outside urban areas where street-lighting is intermittent and the quality of surfaces and signage poor.

    Visitors are recommended to avoid driving at night wherever possible, while four-wheel drive vehicles are often more practical on rural and minor roads.

  • Can you drive in Armenia with a UK licence?

    Yes. You can legally drive in Armenia with a full and valid UK driving licence. In addition to this, you should also have an International Driving Permit (1969).

  • Can you drive in Yerevan?

    Yes, although like in any capital city be prepared for congested roads, particularly at rush hour. The road quality in Yerevan is good compared to the surrounding areas, however it can be a challenge to park so consider leaving your car further out and completing your journey on the metro.

  • Do I need a green card to drive in Armenia?

    Armenia is not part of the European Green Card system that allows insurance premiums to be recognised across borders. Instead, you will need to purchase insurance from Armenia that will cover you on the roads. This can be done at the border or online beforehand via the ASWA website.

  • What side of the road do they drive on in Armenia?

    Like the vast majority of European countries, motorists drive on the right-hand-side of the road in Armenia.

  • Do I need a GB sticker for Armenia?

    Yes. Any car temporarily brought into Armenia requires identification of the country in which it is registered.

  • Can I drive my car in Armenia?

    Yes, although before driving your car to Armenia it’s important you follow all legal requirements to ensure you are safe and legal on the roads, including having sufficient insurance cover legally recognised in Armenia.

    You should also ensure you have all the required items needed for your journey in Armenia as well as for any other country you are planning on driving through.

  • How do I drive to Armenia?

    The journey to Armenia by car from the UK is not an easy one, but it takes in a whole host of European thrills and spills along the way. Firstly, you’ll need to take your car across the Channel to Calais on either a ferry from Dover or the Eurotunnel from Folkestone.

    From there, drive east through France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Turkey and Georgia before finally crossing into Armenia. The journey from Calais to Yerevan takes 50 hours without stopping, so be prepared.

  • What age can you start driving in Armenia?

    To legally drive in Armenia you have to be 18 years or older and in possession of a full valid driving licence, regardless of the legal driving age in our home country.

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British Embassy Yerevan

34 Baghramyan Avenue
Yerevan
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Armenia

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† Price for 1 day cover for up to 9 people travelling in a vehicle up to 1 year old in Zone 1. For more information visit rac.co.uk/breakdown-cover/european-breakdown-cover