If the UK leaves the EU in a no-deal scenario or under any deal that makes no provision for UK motorists driving in the EU, motorists would need to ensure they acquire and carry a Green Card to drive in the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as Serbia, Andorra and Switzerland (collectively referred to as the “countries in scope”).
Drivers with a UK driving licence travelling in any country in scope also need to obtain an IDP (International Driving Permit) depending on length of stay and European countries being visited.
A Green card is an international certificate of insurance that’s issued by UK insurance providers. It guarantees drivers third-party motor insurance cover for driving in Europe.
Currently, UK drivers travelling to Europe with their own vehicle are not obligated to carry/or have a Green Card. However, in case of a no-deal Brexit, a physical copy of the Green Card will be mandatory for travel within Europe. An electronic copy will not suffice. If a PDF copy of the document is sent electronically, it MUST be printed on green paper before departure. A black and white copy will not be accepted because it would not meet the required format.
A Green Card will be required for any motor vehicle and to all forms of motor insurance such as; commercial, private, motor trade and motor fleet policies.
If drivers travel in any country in scope post Brexit without a valid Green Card they may be breaking the law and may be accused of driving without insurance. Additionally, the driver could be subject to a fine, have their vehicle seized or face prosecutions.
If a driver is taking a vehicle to any country in scope for less than 12 months, the following registration documents should be carried:
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