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In this scenario everyone will be required to carry a physical Green Card whilst driving their vehicle in the European Economic Area (EEA) at all times. The Green Card is a recognised international certificate of insurance and acts as a guarantee that the driver’s insurer will deal with any claim made for incidents happening whilst in the EEA.

Clients cannot obtain a green card at their port of exit however if they are travelling via the channel tunnel they do have a facility to issue immediate cover however there could be long queues!!!

Please note a separate Green Card is needed if the client wishes to take a trailer or a caravan – therefore we will require the make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) of this.

If we issue the green card for our client this needs to be printed on the Green Paper we have in the stationary cupboard. If you are sending it electronically to the client please ensure you advise them when they print it out that it cannot have any white border around it otherwise it will be invalid.

As Spain is part of the EU, clients should not require a Spanish Bail Bond as they are governed by EU law and the same rules apply to them as the rest of the EU – however as all countries appear to be trying to make it as hard as possible for Britain to leave this cannot be guaranteed, so if the insurer is prepared to issue a bail bond then it might be the best option as no-one can say what will happen after we leave with any certainty at the point. (Crystal ball required)

Driving in Europe after Brexit

Please note clients will need an IDP to drive in some EU and EEA countries if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. (International Driving Permit)

You will not need an IDP to drive in Ireland, even if there’s no deal.

You can get an IDP over the counter at the Post Office.

They cost £5.50 and you must:

  • live in Great Britain or Northern Ireland
  • have a full UK driving licence
  • be 18 or over

Check which IDP you need (as there are three!!!)

A 1926 or 1949 permit lasts for 12 months. A 1968 permit lasts for 3 years or until your UK driving licence expires, whichever comes first.

In some countries, you’ll only need to get a permit in certain situations. For example, if you’re hiring a car, or if you’ll be there for more than 30 days.

If you’re travelling through more than one country, you might need more than one type of IDP.

If the country you’re visiting is not included here, check with the embassy of the country you’re travelling to. If you’re hiring a car, check with your car hire company.

If you already have an IDP, make sure it’s still valid in the country you’re visiting.

Country IDP Other requirements
Austria 1968 If you have a photocard licence, you only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 6 months. If you have an older, paper licence, you will need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, no matter how long you are staying.
Belgium 1968 You only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 185 days.
Bulgaria 1968 If you have a photocard licence, you only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 3 months. If you have an older, paper licence, you will need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, no matter how long you are staying. You must also take another form of photographic ID, such as your passport.
Croatia 1968  
Cyprus 1949 You do not need an IDP unless the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Czech Republic 1968 If you have a photocard licence, you only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 3 months. If you have an older, paper licence, you will need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, no matter how long you are staying. You must also take another form of photographic ID, such as your passport.
Denmark 1968 You only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 90 days.
Estonia 1968 You do not need an IDP to drive here. If you have an older, paper UK driving licence, you will need an IDP to drive here when the UK leaves the EU.
Finland None You do not need an IDP to drive here. You will not need an IDP to drive here when the UK leaves the EU.
France 1968 You do not need an IDP unless the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Germany 1968 If you have a photocard licence, you only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 6 months. If you have an older, paper licence, you will need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, no matter how long you are staying.
Greece 1968 You do not need an IDP to drive here. If you have an older, paper UK driving licence, you will need an IDP to drive here when the UK leaves the EU.
 Hungary 1968 You do not need an IDP to drive here. If you have an older, paper UK driving licence, you must also take another form of photographic ID, such as your passport. If you have a paper licence, you will need an IDP to drive here when the UK leaves the EU.
Iceland 1949 You only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 1 month. If you have an older, paper UK driving licence, you must take another form of photographic ID, such as your passport.
Italy 1968 You do not need an IDP unless the UK leaves the EU without a deal. If you have an older, paper UK driving licence, you must take another form of photographic ID, such as your passport.
Luxembourg 1968 You only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 185 days.
Malta 1949 You do not need an IDP to drive here. If you have an older, paper UK driving licence, you will need an IDP to drive here when the UK leaves the EU.
Netherlands None You do not need an IDP to drive here. You will not need an IDP to drive here when the UK leaves the EU.
Norway 1968 If you have a photocard licence, you only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 90 days. If you have an older, paper licence, you will need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, no matter how long you are staying.
Poland 1968 If you have a photocard licence, you only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 185 days. If you have an older, paper licence, you will need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, no matter how long you are staying.
Portugal 1968 You only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 185 days. If you have an older, paper UK driving licence, you must take another form of photographic ID, such as your passport.
Romania 1968 You do not need an IDP unless the UK leaves the EU without a deal. If you have an older, paper licence, you will need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, no matter how long you are staying.
Slovakia None You do not need an IDP to drive here. You will not need an IDP to drive here when the UK leaves the EU.
Slovenia 1968 You only need an IDP if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and your stay is over 90 days.
Spain (including Balearic and Canary Isles) 1949 If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, you’ll be able to drive here without an IDP until 31 July 2020. From 1 August 2020 onwards, you will need an IDP if you’re staying in Spain for more than 6 months. If you have an older, paper UK driving licence, you must take another form of photographic ID, such as your passport.
Sweden 1968 You do not need an IDP to drive here. If you have an older, paper UK driving licence, you will need an IDP to drive here when the UK leaves the EU.
Switzerland None You do not need an IDP to drive here. You will not need an IDP to drive here when the UK leaves the EU.

 

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