For less than 12 months
The rules for passports, driving, EHIC cards, pet travel and more may change from 1 January 2021. Act now so you can travel as planned.
You must take your vehicle log book (V5C) with you if you’re taking your vehicle abroad for less than 12 months. You may have to show it if you’re stopped at a port or while driving abroad.
Your V5C must show your most recent address in the UK.
Apply in advance if you need to get a V5C before you travel. It takes up to:
- 5 days to get a replacement V5C by phone
- 6 weeks to get a replacement V5C by post
- 6 weeks to update a V5C if you’ve changed your address or name
UK law still applies to a UK-registered vehicle if you take it abroad for less than 12 months. That means you need to make sure:
- your vehicle is taxed in the UK while it’s abroad
- you have a current MOT
- you have insurance
You’ll also need to make sure you meet any international or national conditions for licensing and taxation.
Taking a vehicle outside the EU
You may need to pay import duty on your vehicle if you take it outside the EU. Check with the authorities in the country you’re taking your vehicle to.
If the country charges duty, you can buy a CPD Carnet. This lets you take your vehicle into the country temporarily without paying duty. It can also make crossing the border simpler.
You’ll have to pay a fee and a deposit. You usually get the carnet within 4 weeks of applying.
Taking a vehicle to Liechtenstein, Mexico or Somalia
You must take an International Certificate for Motor Vehicles (ICMV) with you as well as your V5C.
Apply for an ICMV. It can take up to 10 days to get it.
Bringing your vehicle back untaxed
If you bring your vehicle back to the UK untaxed you cannot drive it back into the UK - it’ll have to be transported and a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) must be made straight away.
Taking hired or leased vehicles abroad temporarily
You’ll need a VE103 vehicle on hire certificate to show you’re allowed to use a hired or leased vehicle if you’re driving it abroad.
You can get a VE103 for a fee from the: