Guidance

Driving in the EU after Brexit

Check what you will need to drive while visiting the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

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Driving licence and IDPs

You may need one or more international driving permits (IDPs), as well as your UK driving licence to drive in an EU or EEA country.

Find out which IDPs you might need to drive in an EU or EEA country.

If you have a UK licence you will not need an IDP to drive when visiting Ireland.

Insurance for your vehicle, caravan or trailer

You will need to carry a motor insurance green card when driving in the EU and EEA.

Contact your vehicle insurance provider one month before you travel to get green cards for your vehicle, caravan or trailer.

You’ll 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

More about vehicle insurance.

Vehicle registration documents

If you’re taking your vehicle to the EU for less than 12 months, you should carry one of the following documents with you:

Trailer registration

You will still need to register some commercial and non-commercial trailers before towing them to or through most EU and EEA countries.

GB stickers and number plates

You should display a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle, even if you currently have a number plate which includes the GB identifier.

Find out more about displaying number plates, flags, symbols and identifiers.

Road traffic accidents - making an insurance claim

If you are involved in a road traffic accident in an EU or EEA country you may not be able to make a claim via a UK-based claims representative or the UK Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

Instead, you may need to bring a claim against either the driver or the insurer of the vehicle in the EU or EEA country where the accident happened. This may involve bringing the claim in the local language.

In the event of an accident in an EU or EEA country caused by an uninsured or an untraced driver, you may not receive compensation. This will vary from country to country.

Published 12 August 2019