Brexit, and what it means for RAC Insurance customers

UK customers

From 2 August 2021 you don’t need to have a Green Card to drive in Europe. However, you'll still need to: 

  • Take your driving licence and V5C log book with you.
  • Take your passport with you – this must have at least six months’ validity on it and be less than 10 years old.
  • Display a GB sticker on your vehicle. 
  • Take the appropriate documentation for pets travelling with you.

You may also need an International Driving Permit to drive in some EU/EEA countries.

For more information on driving abroad and any required documentation, please review the following websites:

  • Driving Abroad

https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad

https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-insurance/driving-abroad

  • International Driving Permits 

https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad/international-driving-permit

  • The Motor Insurance Bureau

https://www.mib.org.uk/driving-abroad-eu-exit/green-card-information-for-the-public


Temporary Car Insurance customers

If you have Temporary Car Insurance with us, see our list of FAQs relating to the driving in Europe. If you need any further assistance, please contact us on 0333 005 0944.

Temporary Car Insurance Driving in Europe FAQs

Q. Can you insure me to drive abroad?

Yes. Our insurance includes third-party cover for a trip to countries within the EU, the EEA and Switzerland automatically – as long as the car is in the UK when the insurance starts and finishes.

You may upgrade this cover to comprehensive cover when you’re completing the application.

We can’t provide insurance to you in a country outside of the EU, EEA and Switzerland. Please click here to confirm which countries are in the EU and EEA.

Please note, you no longer need a ‘Green Card’. 

Q. Which countries are in the EU and EEA?

Countries in the EU and EEA:

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 countries. It operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states.

EU countries are:

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.

The European Economic Area (EEA):

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market. Check the list of EEA countries.

Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market - this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

Q. I am travelling to the European Union by car. Will my car insurance be valid?

UK law requires that your motor insurance includes third party cover when driving in the European Union. Your policy will provide cover for driving in the EU.