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.
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.
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.
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.
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.