European car hire coverage
Updated 14 July, 2022:
Please note, our Continental Cover package is no longer available.
The countries it covers
You'll need to purchase Continental Cover to take your Avis vehicle to the following countries from the UK:
- Boznia and Herzegovina
- Channel Islands*
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Ireland
- Slovak Republic
- Turkey in Europe plus Üskudar
- The Netherlands
*Excluding residents of the Channel Islands
**Geographical areas under the control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.
You pay for Continental Cover when you collect your hire vehicle. Indicative prices (including VAT) are shown below and are dependent on the selected rental location and estimated rental period.
Don't forget: cash is not accepted as a payment method for rentals going abroad.
Different charges apply to Avis Prestige vehicles.
Charge (inc. VAT)
1 - 7 days
8 - 14 days
15 - 21 days
Pick up locations
You can purchase Continental Cover at the following locations. Please cross-check with this list of Open Rental Locations.
- Aberdeen Airport
- Birmingham Airport
- Cardiff Airport
- Edinburgh Airport
- Gatwick Airport
- Glasgow Airport
- Leeds Bradford Airport
- London Battersea
- London City Airport
- London Euston
- London Heathrow Airport
- London Victoria
- Luton Airport
- Manchester Airport
- Newcastle Airport
- Southampton Airport
The small print
Having made your reservation online, please email Avisbudget.Ukoperations@abg.com to arrange cover ahead of collection. 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
When travelling outside of the UK it’s your responsibility to check if the country (or countries) you are visiting have any driving restrictions in place.
When leaving the UK on a cross-border rental, the maximum rental period is 28 days and we require a minimum of 5 working days' notice. Please note:
- 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 (even when travelling through Northern Ireland first)
Avis is unable to provide any compulsory vehicle equipment required for driving abroad (e.g. snow chains, warning triangles, first aid kits, fluorescent jackets, breathalysers), 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.
Avis Prestige vehicles may not be taken outside of England, Scotland or Wales without written authorisation. Vehicles taken abroad will be subject to a rate surcharge (typically 35%), mileage limitation (typically 100 miles per day) and additional insurance cover.