A valid driver license from other countries is honored in French Polynesia, but if it is not in French or English, its owner should have an International driving permit too.

The main road traffic roles:

  • Driving is on the right side of the road.
  • All persons in a vehicle must wear seat belts.
  • Helmets are mandatory for riders of scooters or motorbikes.
  • Drivers on the main roads have the right of way.
  • Vehicles entering from the right side of the road have a priority.
    Pedestrians have right of way at marked crosswalks.
  • Speed limits are 40kmph (24 mph) in the built up areas and 80kmph (48 mph) on the open road.
  • The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.05%.
  • the police phone number is 17.

In French Polynesia, the roads are narrow and winding; many rural roads are not paved. Sometimes, traffic lights may be difficult seen as some of them are on the left side of the road.

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