Letter to Editor

Letter to the Editor: On the Importance of the International Driver’s License

To the Editor:

Beware Greek-Americans, visitors and tourists. Make sure you get your international driver’s license if you are planning to rent a car in Greece or in other places in Europe.

Prior to traveling to Lefkada, Greece to reserve a car, I contacted a travel agent (as I usually did previously when I traveled there). I was informed that my care would be ready for pickup upon my arrival.

When the car rental agent asked me for my driver’s license, I assumed it was my USA driver’s license. Instead, he asked me for the international driver’s license, which I did not have. I was unable to rent the car even at other car rental places. I then visited the local police station where a friend of ours worked and he said that unfortunately, the laws had changed within about a year.

At the time that I reserved the car, I was not informed about or asked if I had the international driver’s license. I was forced to walk miles to a supermarket or endless blocks to a local fruit market or grocery store in very hot weather in spite of our medical conditions. My husband was unable to manage his personal affairs related to his deceased sister, or visit his friends and relatives in the villages. We took taxis here and there if we managed to locate one. Thanks to his cousins who went out of their way and took time off from work to give us a lift whenever they could. My husband had to return home with me instead of remaining there to finish up his affairs to the point that we had to pay another $900 in order for him to fly home ahead of his scheduled time.

I suggest to all the Greek-American community and visitors to get you international driver’s license ahead of time before embarking on your next trip outside the U.S.

B. Rondogiannis,

Staten Island, NY


To the Editor: Church and homeland are inseparable.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.


Mission…to Alonnisos, a TNH Documentary

O oceanic you sing and sail White on your body and yellow on your chimeneas For you're tired of the filthy waters of the harbors You who loved the distant Sporades You who lifted the tallest flags You who sail clear through the most dangerous caves Hail to you who let yourself be charmed by the sirens Hail to you for never having been afraid of the Symplegades (Andreas Empeirikos)   What traveler has not been fascinated by the Greek islands, drawn by the Sirens’ song of a traveler’s dreams? TNH and our video show ‘Mission’ marked the change of the season by transporting viewers into the heart of summer.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.