European car hire coverageRenting 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 worry-free 24-hour breakdown assistance.
Please note that Continental Cover is only available at selected UK car hire locations (listed below) and you may only take the car to specified countries (specified below).
To arrange cover, please give our reservations hotline a ring at least two days ahead of collection.
The countries it covers
Continental Cover allows Avis vehicles to be driven to the following countries:
- Canary Islands
- Channel Islands*
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Ireland
- San Marino
- Slovak Republic
- Turkey in Europe plus Üskudar
*Excluding residents of the Channel Islands
**Geographical areas under the control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.
You can pay for Continental Cover when you collect your hire vehicle. Depending on the selected rental location and estimated rental period, you can expect prices (including VAT) to range from the amounts listed below.
Don't forget: cash is not accepted as a payment method for rentals going abroad.
- Rental length
- 1 - 7 days
- 8 - 14 days
- 15 - 21 days
- 22-28 days
Pick-up locationsYou can purchase Continental Cover at the following locations:
- Aberdeen Airport
- Birmingham D/T
- Birmingham Airport
- Bristol Airport
- Cardiff Airport
- East Midlands Airport
- Edinburgh Airport
- Gatwick Airport
- Glasgow Airport
- Heathrow Airport
- Leeds Downtown
- London City Airport
- Luton Airport
- Manchester Airport
- Newcastle Airport
- Norwich Airport
- Southampton Airport
The small printHaving made your reservation online, please call our reservations hotline to arrange cover ahead of collection.
Please note: when leaving the UK on a cross-border rental, the maximum rental period is 28 days and we require a minimum of two days' notice.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles are excluded from Continental Cover and cannot be taken outside the UK.
When you talk to us, we'll need the following information:
- Number of people travelling in the vehicle
- Names of all drivers
- Countries to be visited
- Crossing the border from UK Mainland to Northern Ireland - Continental Cover is not required.
- Crossing the border from Northern Ireland to Republic of Ireland - Continental Cover is not required.
- Crossing the border from UK Mainland to Republic of Ireland - Continental Cover must be purchased.
Avis is unable to provide any compulsory vehicle equipment required for driving abroad (e.g. warning triangles, first aid kits, fluorescent jackets, breathalysers, and so on) which vary by country.
It is the renter's responsibility to be aware of the legal requirements of the country they are visiting and to purchase these items themselves.