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Brexit and Green Cards

A Green Card is issued, by an insurer, to evidence that a motor insurance policyholder has the minimum legal cover required for driving outside the UK. The Green Card is a physical document which is printed on green paper and is not issued in an electronic format.

Written by Paul Brown on 28th February 2020

Brexit and Green Cards

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is issued, by an insurer, to evidence that a motor insurance policyholder has the minimum legal cover required for driving outside the UK. The Green Card is a physical document which is printed on green paper and is not issued in an electronic format.

 

Do I Need a Green Card?

Motorists planning on driving in Europe, once the UK ceased to be part of the European Union (EU), had been advised to obtain a Green Card.  Brexit was finally confirmed by the Government on 31stJanuary 2020, but is subject to a transition period with the EU that will last until the end of 2020.  During this time, all EU law, rules and regulations will continue to apply in the UK between the UK and the EU. This means that you will not require a Green Card when driving in the following EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries at this time: 

EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain & Sweden

EEA Countries not in the EU: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

Other Countries not requiring a Green Card during the Transition Period: Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland

 

What happens after the 31 December 2020

This has yet to be agreed. Whilst there is nothing for you to do in the short-term, the UK’s longer-term relationship with the EU is less clear and we will continue to monitor political developments and will keep you informed of any updates and actions you may need to take over the course of the year.

For more information on how Brexit might impact travel outside of the UK in the run-up to, and after, Brexit, visit www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit 

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