Do I Need a Green Card to Travel in the EU?

09 November 2020

As we near the end of the UK's Brexit transition period, after formally leaving the EU on 31st January 2020, changes which impact motorists will be coming into effect.

Whilst the definitive wording is still being negotiated, after 31st December 2020 UK motor insurance customers driving in the European Economic Area (the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein & Norway), Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland, will need physical proof of motor insurance when they travel. This documentation is commonly referred to as a Green Card.

What is a Green card?

Green Cards are an international certificate of insurance issued by insurance providers in the UK. They provide a guarantee that you have the necessary minimum motor insurance cover for driving in the country being travelled to.

Why is a Green Card needed?

A Green Card is an international certificate of insurance which guarantees that you have the necessary third party insurance cover. These certificates prove that you are suitably insured to drive in these countries. A physical copy of a Green Card is needed when travelling, as digital copies are not currently accepted. If you arrive at the border without a physical Green Card, you will not be allowed to drive in that country.

Please be aware that UK motorists travelling with trailers and caravans should have two Green Cards issued – one for the towing vehicle and one for the trailer/caravan.


How do I get a Green Card?

They are not issued automatically with your renewal documentation by all insurers. You can get a Green Card by requesting it from your insurer through us.

However, please contact us as far in advance of your trip as possible to ensure you receive the Green Card in time for your travel. Some insurers are advising that you need to give them a month’s notice in order to get a Green Card in time for any planned trip.

To request one, please contact your usual Bruce Stevenson representative here.

Driving in the EU in 2021 - Do I Need a Green Card?

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