Driving abroad in the EU (Free Circulation Zone)
If you’re thinking of driving your own car within the in the EU (including Ireland), Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, and Switzerland you do not need to carry a Green Card. If you are driving with a trailer or caravan, you may need to register it before travelling. Further details can be found at:
For more information please read on.
I am planning on driving in Europe, what cover do I have and what do I need to do?
Your standard Car insurance policy will cover you for the minimum legal cover - Third party only. This level of cover doesn’t include any cover for you, your belongings or your car.
If this level of cover meets your needs, all you need to carry with you is your valid driving license and a copy of your insurance certificate. Please be aware if you are driving with a trailer or caravan, you may need to register it before travelling. Further details can be found at:
If you’d like to upgrade your cover to the same level you hold in the UK please call us 7-10 days before you travel on 0345 609 2565.
What other things should I be aware of when driving abroad?
You can visit the Government website for foreign travel advice on entry requirements, and information of safety and local laws. You can also follow the “Drive abroad: step by step” guide to ensure you have all the information you need to drive your own, or hire car, while abroad.
Where can I find further information on Green Cards?
You can find further updates on the Government website, alongside information on driving permits, hiring cars abroad, foreign driving rules and rules around towing caravans.
What are the Free Circulation Zone countries?
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia and Slovenia.