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23 September 2019 by Geoffrey Insurance

BREXIT : DRIVING IN THE EU – Green Cards

The UK left the EU on 31st January 2020 and an agreement with the EU has been reached which means that Green Cards will be required as proof of insurance when driving in the EU and EEA. 

You will need to carry a Green Card when driving in the EU and EEA. Those who travel without one may be breaking the law and may not be allowed to drive in the country they are visiting. Vehicles towing a trailer or caravan will also need a separate Green Card for the trailer or caravan.

  • If you require a Green Card for your vehicle and caravan/trailer - please contact us 21 days before you are travelling and we will arrange for one to be sent to you. 

In addition to a Green Card, you will need to take your driving licence and V5C log book with you and display a GB sticker on your vehicle. You may also need an International Driving Permit to drive in some EU/EEA countries.

For more information on driving abroad and any required documentation, please review the following websites:

  • Driving Abroad

https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad

https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-insurance/driving-abroad

 

  • International Driving Permits

https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad/international-driving-permit

 

  • The Motor Insurance Bureau

https://www.mib.org.uk/driving-abroad-eu-exit/green-card-information-for-the-public

 

Being insured to travel

If you are insured with us at Geoffrey Insurance, you are automatically covered for driving in the EU for third party claims and for the same level as your main UK cover for any trip of up to 3 days.

You can extend this cover at any time for longer trips for up to 90 days. We charge £10 for a week, going up to £35 per annum.

Arranging Breakdown Cover

While it may be tempting to save a small amount of money and go without breakdown cover, this could be a false economy given the cost of repatriation can be quite high. After all, would you feel comfortable arranging your own recovery and repairs in a foreign country?

At Geoffrey, we provide a range of optional extras, which includes European Breakdown cover. If you haven’t already taken advantage of this, you can read more about the costs and details on our dedicated Optional Extras page.

 

Create your checklist

We recommend creating yourself a checklist before you go on your trip. Another important factor is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) no longer being accepted by 28 countries within the EU in a no deal Brexit situation, rendering it useless outside of Ireland, Spain and Portugal. More than ever, you should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance for your travels.

CHECK GUIDANCE: Current information country-by-country is available on the NHS website.

 

Here is our suggested checklist of documents for your trip:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Insurance documents
  • Car registration document (V5)
  • Authorisation letter if it’s a company car
  • Breakdown policy documents
  • Travel insurance documents
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Ctir’Air sticker (applicable for some French cities)

 

The following kit is also recommended to take with you:

  • Reflective jackets for all passengers
  • Warning triangle
  • Headlamp beam deflectors
  • GB car sticker (if you don’t have a GB Euro number plate)
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Replacement bulbs
  • Torch

 

Of course, your car should be in good mechanical fettle before you go, with oil and fluids all at the correct levels. Ensure also that your tax and MOT will not expire whilst on your trip!

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