Driving in Europe after Brexit

October 18th 2019

Driving in Europe after 31 October? Read our handy guide on Green Cards, registration documents and driving permits.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31st October 2019, you will need both a Green Card and an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in all EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries, as well as Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland.


Green Cards

If your motor vehicles are insured through Lycetts, Green Cards will be provided by your insurer through Lycetts only. Please give us as much notice as possible.

You will need multiple Green Cards if:

– you have fleet insurance – you’ll need a Green Card for each vehicle

– your vehicle is towing a trailer or caravan – you’ll need one for the towing vehicle and one for the trailer / caravan (you need separate trailer insurance in some countries)

– you have 2 policies covering the duration of your trip, for example, if your policy renews during the journey


Vehicle registration documents

Please remember that when driving abroad, you should carry one of the following documents with you:

– your vehicle log book (V5C) if you have one https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-log-book or

– a VE103 to show that you are allowed to use your hired or leased vehicle abroad


International driving permit (IDP)

You can get an IDP over the counter at the Post Office.
It costs £5.50 and you must:

– be a GB or Northern Ireland resident and

– have a full UK driving licence and

– be 18 or over

Different IDP’s are required for different countries, for example you will need a:
1926 IDP to drive in Liechtenstein
1949 IDP to drive in Spain, Iceland, Malta and Cyprus
1968 IDP to drive in all other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland

For further information, please visit:

For further help and advice, or to request a Green Card, please ring 0845 671 8999 or email us at info@lycetts.co.uk or speak to your Account Executive.

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