Ok, we have yet another Brexit deadline extension - and so the uncertainty continues.. At this point we are almost sure that we are leaving the EU, we just don’t know when or exactly how.
But what do we know about changes to driving in Europe?
If you hold a Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving licence, then it is currently valid in all EU or EEA countries (and Switzerland) for a stay of up to 12 months.
After Brexit, especially in the event of no deal – it is likely that you will need an IDP. These can be obtained from the post office for £5.50. But which of the 3 versions will you need?
The 1926: Won’t be affected by Brexit: Permit to drive in Mexico and Somalia.
The 1949: Valid for 1 year. Permit to drive in Spain, Malta, Cyprus & Iceland:
The 1968: Valid for 3 years. Permit to drive in all other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland:
If you are visiting several countries, we would recommend getting both the 1949 and 1968 IDPs just to be on the safe side. Please remember to carry both your driving licence and IDP with you while travelling.
You will not need an IDP for travel in the Republic of Ireland.
Car insurance that is currently valid for travel in Europe, will no longer cover you in the event of a No Deal Brexit. To ‘upgrade’ your insurance you will need a Green Card.
You can get them through your insurers. Make sure that you apply as soon as possible, because they can take a month to issue.
If you are hiring the car in the EU, then it will be covered in all EU territories. But if you hire a car in the UK you will need a green card extension – you must discuss these requirements with the car hire company.
You will need a green card to drive in the Republic of Ireland; so, if you are travelling from Northern Ireland to the Republic then you will require one.
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