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Qatar - Driving and Public Transportation
Motor vehicles which are more than five years old cannot be imported into Qatar.
Foreign nationals are allowed to drive on their own driving licences for their first seven days in Qatar, after which they are required to obtain a local licence. It is necessary to hold a residence permit in order to apply for a Qatari driving licence. Local car hire companies sometimes allow foreign nationals to drive on an international licence for an extended period.
In most cases the procedure for issuing a local licence just includes an eye test and a simple written test, but drivers are sometimes asked to undergo a practical driving test.
If you are involved in a traffic accident you must leave your car exactly where the accident happened until the police arrive. Insurance companies will not pay up if either car involved in an accident is moved.
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