Many AA Car Insurance customers take their own vehicles to the continent, especially for holidays. And throughout the Brexit negotiations they'll have kept an eye on what they need to do when driving in Europe.
The UK stopped being a member of the EU on 31 January 2020. However, until the end of 2020 the previous rules on travel for the UK and the EU continue to apply.
From 1 January 2021 you may need a Green Card to drive your car in Europe.
But what is a Green Card and how do AA customers get hold of one? Here's our handy guide to help you.
What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is an official, multi-language translation of your car insurance policy. While not printed on card, it must be printed on green paper. It proves you have the minimum compulsory insurance cover to drive in the country you’re visiting.
The Green Card system covers 47 countries, including the 27 in the European Union, Switzerland, Russia, and others bordering the Mediterranean.
Why do I need a Green Card?
If you're stopped at a border or by the police while driving your car in one of the countries covered by the Green Card system, you can show them your Green Card to confirm that you have valid car insurance.
During our membership of the EU, drivers with valid UK car insurance didn't need a Green Card to travel in European Economic Area countries, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland.
- Until 31 December 2020 your AA Car Insurance policy covers you in Europe and there's no need for a Green Card.
- If you drive abroad from 1 January 2021 a Green Card may be required in addition to your Certificate of Motor Insurance. Our customer advisors will be happy to help you get your Green Card.
We don't want you to be caught out, so be prepared and make sure you have all the necessary documents well before you travel.
How do I get one and how much does it cost?
If you're an AA Car Insurance customer, please call us 14 days before travelling to get your Green Card:
0370 0600 137
Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm.
If you're visiting any of the following countries for up to 90 days, then your Green Card is free:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Your Green Card is also free if you travel to the Republic of Ireland, and is valid for the whole policy year.
If you're travelling to a European country not listed above, or certain Middle Eastern nations, or your stay is longer than 90 days, then you'll need to pay a fee. We'll tell you about the charge when you apply.