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Driving in the EU after Brexit

30th August 2019

The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 31st October 2019 with or without an EU deal and, depending on the outcome, the documents you need when travelling abroad with your vehicle may change.

Driving in the EU after Brexit

If a Brexit deal is agreed, there will be no change to today’s position and you will be able to move around the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) in the same way as you can now without further documents being needed.

However, If the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal, policyholders may be required to carry a Green Card if they wish to travel within the EU/EEA. That includes travel to the Republic of Ireland. This doesn’t change the cover provided by your insurance policy but the information below will apply.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions that will help to clarify what you will need if you are driving your vehicle in the EU on or after the 31st October 2019 if the UK leaves without a deal.

The exact details may change depending on whether a deal is reached before the exit date and we will update this page if there are any further developments.


Frequently Asked Questions

What additional insurance documents will I need?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on or before 31st October 2019, all UK motorists who are planning to drive in the European Economic Area (EEA) and some other countries (Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland) will need to request a green card.

What is a Green Card?

Green Cards are an international certificate of insurance issued by insurance providers in the UK, guaranteeing that the motorist has the necessary third-party motor insurance cover for driving in the country being travelled to.

How do I get a green card?

Prior to travelling you will need to contact us on 0344 776 5305 to request your Green Card. Depending on who your insurer is, we will either request a Green Card from the insurer or we will issue you your Green Card directly. We recommend that you contact us at least one month before travel as some insurers have indicated it could take up to 4 weeks to issue the Green Card.

Do I have to pay for a green card?

No, there is no charge for issuing you a Green Card.

What if I travel without a green card?

If we leave the EU on or before October 31st, and you drive in a European country without a Green Card, you will be breaking the law.

This could result in you being charged with driving without insurance which could be subject to a fine, having your vehicle seized or prosecution.

Do I need to have a physical copy of a green card whilst driving abroad?

Yes. Under current international rules, Green Cards are physical paper documents printed on green paper. You may be required to show the physical document at the border when entering the EU, but this will be a decision for the border authorities to take. You may also be subject to police checks while driving abroad and you will also need to be able to present the document at the scene if you are involved in an accident.

What other documents will I require?

You should carry your V5 Vehicle Registration Document with you when driving abroad. In the event of a no deal Brexit you may also be required to have an International Driving Permit. This is available from the Post Office at a cost of £5.50 and must be applied for in person at a Post Office branch.

More information is provided on the Post Office website at postoffice.co.uk/identity/international-driving-permit

Where can I find further information about driving in Europe after Brexit?

The UK Government have provided some further guidance on the following website gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit

If you have any further questions then please contact us on 0344 776 5305. Alternatively you can email us at [email protected] or use our Live Chat facility at businesschoicedirect.co.uk