Area F, Main Gate (South Gate)
Access from SP 7
Aviano, Italy 33081
Phone A&FRC011-39-0434-305407 / Visitor’s Center Phone: 011-39-0434-4114
Phone (DSN) 314-632-4114
Fax (DSN) 314-632-5794
All privately owned vehicles must be inspected and registered on base. Please refer to the Household Goods Section for information on how to track the shipment of your car, and to find contact information for the Aviano Vehicle Processing Center.
Three Vehicle Limitation
Based on the NATO Status of Forces Agreement for Italy, the maximum amount of vehicles allowed are three vehicles during your entire tour at Aviano. Please note that trailers and motorcycles are also counted as vehicles.
Many streets and parking spaces are a tight fit for large vehicles. Also, gas is expensive. Command-sponsored individuals will receive authorization to purchase gas vouchers at a reduced price, but the number of liters authorized is based on the size of the engine and is only for one vehicle. Some members do fine; some regret shipping a large vehicle.
New and used cars are readily available in Italy, from dealers and private sellers. Used vehicles may be more expensive than similar models sold stateside. Used vehicles with automatic transmissions are more difficult to find. The "Lemon Lot" is located near the Commissary parking lot; your sponsor can help you find other advertising, as well as dealer locations. Remember to be judicious when entering into any transaction! There is no tax when purchasing a new car from one of the military-affiliated dealers, but many states will charge their state sales tax if/when you ship it and register it there. Be aware that if you purchase a vehicle that does not have U.S. specifications (specs), you may not be authorized to ship it out. If financing, it is best to get pre-approved through a bona fide financial institution. The Airman and Family Readiness Center offers appointments to check your credit report/credit score and make a spending plan (budget).
Vehicle insurance, especially full coverage, is very expensive in Italy because of the high minimum coverages required. Be sure to factor this into your budget. Costs are based on the usual insurance determinants, and full coverage is more expensive than liability-only coverage. The only two American auto insurance companies are GEICO and USAA.
International Driver's License
You will need an International Driver's License to drive in any country other than Italy. According to the state department, there are ONLY 2 authorized websites in which to obtain your IDP. They are the AAA and the National Auto Club.
Italian Traffic Fines
Italy Age limits for motorcycle riders:
Note: If motorcycle rider has had a motorcycle endorsement for at least two years, the age limit to ride any size motorcycle is reduced from age 24 to age 20. (Must show proof by providing current license greater than two years old with endorsement or Department of Motor Vehicle paperwork showing the issuance of a motorcycle endorsement at least two years ago.)
Due to these Italian requirements, some personnel choose not to ship their motorcycle, as they may not be able to ride it.
All members who arrive in Aviano must attend a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course at Aviano prior to obtaining the motorcycle endorsement on the AFI license.
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