If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on or before 31st December 2020, 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.
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.
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.
No, there is no charge for issuing you a Green Card.
If we leave the EU on or before December 31st 2020, 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.
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.
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 https://www.postoffice.co.uk/identity/international-driving-permit.
The UK Government have provided some further guidance on the following website gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-the-eu-after-brexit.