For a little while after the UK left the European Union, a Green Card was required to take a British car into the EU.
But as of August 2nd 2021, that’s no longer needed.
UK insurance companies must cover you if you are travelling:
Insurers only have to provide the minimum level of cover though — so some will only give you third-party cover (which doesn’t even cover damage to your vehicle!). So definitely check before you travel.
There are still a few requirements for driving in Europe, though. Here’s what you’ll need for your trip:
This is probably a good time to check that your licence is still in date. If it’s expired, you’ll need to apply for a new one online, at least a week before you travel.
If you're driving your own car in the EU and the trip is less than 12 months long, you'll need to bring your log book — make sure it's up to date!.
If you plan on driving a hired or leased car in the EU, for less than 12 months, you'll need to get a VE103 certificate to prove you're allowed to drive it abroad.
You can get a VE103 for a fee from:
You'll need to tell the DVLA if you want to take your car out of the UK for more than 12 months.
Make sure you’ve got your policy documents with you. It’s probably worth printing out a paper copy, just to be safe.
Certain trailers will need to be registered before you take them into the EU. Best to check if you’ll need to register your trailer before you go. You can do this online.
Cars registered in the UK need to display a “UK” sticker when driving in any European country aside from Ireland.
There are a few exceptions to this rule. But the stickers are only about £1.50, and driving without one could land you a fine. So it’s probably worth getting one.
Some EU countries legally require drivers to carry certain safety equipment in their vehicle at all times. These could include:
You can usually order these online.
Road rules can change, though. So be sure to check what’s needed in the countries you’re travelling to.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a translated version of your licence that makes it valid in other countries.🌍
You may need an IDP to drive in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein if you have:
An IDP costs around £5.50 from the Post Office, and you'll need to be over 18 and have a full UK driving licence to apply.
If you're caught without an IDP or your UK licence, you could be fined and have your car seized. 🚨
You can find out if you need an IDP on GOV.UK.
Oh, and don’t forget your passport.
UK drivers still need to get a Green Card to drive in some non-EU countries.
Last time we checked, these were:
But rules can change — so definitely check before you travel.
They're usually free, but some companies may charge an admin fee.
Unlike the name suggests, Green Cards may be printed on white paper. You need to keep it with you at all times when you're driving abroad.
If you're caught without a valid Green Card, you could be fined or have your car impounded. 🚫
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