Driving abroad in the EU and EEA
What to do if you are planning to drive in the EU and EEA after 29 March 2019 in the event of a no deal Brexit
UPDATE 08 March 2019To understand the latest requirements for driving in the EU or the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) after Brexit, please see the UK's government website for up to date information.
To help you prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit in the event of a no deal Brexit, please review the summary of requirements below:
Driving AbroadIf you are planning on driving to countries in the EU or the EEA in the near future, in the event of a no deal Brexit, you may need extra documentation:
UK driving licences
- UK drivers may need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in the EU and EEA.
- IDPs can be purchased from the Post Office.
EU driving licences
- Even if there is no deal to leave the EU, arrangements for EU licence holders who are visiting or living in the UK will not change.
- Visitors with EU driving licences will not need an IDP to drive in the UK.
Continental CoverIf you are renting in the UK and planning to take your hire car across the channel or to Ireland, you'll need to take out Continental Cover.
- This protective cover provides you with a Green Card to drive your rental car around Europe and to show that appropriate third-party liability insurance is in place.
- Continental Cover also provides you with “Vehicle on Hire Certificate” (VE103B).
- If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you may need a GB sticker on the vehicle even if the vehicle has a Euro-plate (a number plate displaying both the EU flag and a GB sign). You may not need a GB sticker to drive outside the UK, if the number plate features the GB sign, without the EU flag.
These vehicle documents will be provided by the rental location on collection of your hire vehicle when continental cover is arranged. This should be arranged in advance. For full details on continental cover, please see here.