Your guide to Green Cards and driving in the EU after Brexit


Important changes for when you’re driving in the EU after Brexit.


From 2 August 2021, UK motorists entering the EU will not need a Green Card.


As of 1st January 2021, the UK officially left the European Union, which meant all manner of important changes for businesses and citizens alike. Those changes also extend to anyone who wishes to travel to the continent – whether that be for work or a holiday.

For Carole Nash customers, that could affect you if you’re looking to ride your motorbike around some of Europe’s finest roads. Perhaps you have a classic car that you’re dying to test out overseas, or you’re gearing up for a family adventure abroad in your motorhome.

Whatever your situation, if you’re planning on riding or driving in the EU after Brexit, you’ll need to ensure you’re legally covered. As of 1st January 2021, that means you'll need a Green Card.

Read on to find out more about Green Cards, what they are and how long they last. We encourage you to use our Live Chat functionality to ask any questions or alternatively you can give us a call on 0333 005 3355.

Can I drive in the EU after Brexit?

The short answer is yes. You can still ride or drive in the EU after Brexit, although there are changes in terms of your insurance requirements. The main one of these is that you will need a Green Card.

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is a physical document that is not valid in an electronic format. It proves that you have the minimum level of cover legally required to drive in a number of countries.

These include the 30 in the European Economic Area plus the likes of Switzerland, Russia and Turkey. This interactive map on the Council of Bureaux website shows where the Green Card system is in use.

Why do I need a Green Card to drive in Europe?

If you’re riding or driving in the EU after Brexit you’ll need to take a Green Card with you because you’ll need to present it if you’re involved in an accident.

You may also need to show it when crossing the border between countries, or if you’re stopped by the police. It acts as proof that you’re legally covered to drive in that location.

How long does a Green Card last?
A Green Card is valid for 90 days of cover, so if you’re planning a longer trip then please speak to us via live chat or get in touch and we can discuss your options.
How much is a Green Card?
Getting a Green Card is free of charge. It does not cost you anything on top of what you already pay for your insurance premium.
How do you get a Green Card?
How you get your Green Card will depend on your situation and the type of policy you’ve taken out through us. Please see below for more information.
How do you get a Green Card if you’re a new motorbike insurance customer?
If you took out your policy after 1st January 2021 you'll have automatically received a Green Card within your new business confirmation pack. Please refer to your insurer documentation via the customer portal or within your document pack. 
How do you get a Green Card if you’re an existing motorbike insurance customer?
Existing customers will automatically receive a Green Card at your next renewal date or if you make a mid-term adjustment (after 1st January 2021). If you want to travel before you’re due for renewal, you can request a Green Card by using our Live Chat function or by contacting us.
How do you get a Green Card if you’re a customer with a different policy?

If you haven’t taken out motorbike insurance through us but have another policy type instead, we can still help you. Green Card requests can be made by contacting our customer service team or speaking to us through the Live Chat functionality. Please note it could take four weeks for us to process this request, so be sure to factor that into your travel plans.

All customers who receive their documents from us electronically must print their Green Card off before travelling as an electronic version is not valid. You must take a physical copy with you.


Get your Green Card insurance through Carole Nash


When travelling overseas, the last thing you need is to be worrying about your insurance. For riding and driving in the EU after Brexit, you’ll need a Green Card to prove you’re properly covered. Don’t let one simple document stand in your way – speak to us via Live Chat or get in touch about your Green Card insurance for Europe today.

This page was last updated on 19th April 2021.