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Driving abroad in Europe

Car insurance cover in Europe

European countries where you're covered

As an AA Car Insurance policyholder you can drive anywhere in the EU, and in several other European countries, and get the same cover you enjoy in the UK. You'll be covered abroad for up to 90 days during the 12 months of your policy.

Your car insurance is valid in the following countries:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstien
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
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Documents for driving abroad

  • Take your Certificate of Motor Insurance if you travel in the EU. This provides details of your insurance cover that you'll need to provide if you have an accident.

The multi-lingual leaflet explains how your Certificate of Motor Insurance applies in the countries listed above. You'll find this helpful while driving abroad.

The documents you need to carry when driving abroad may change after Brexit, which is due on 29 March 2019.

  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you'll need a Green Card when driving your car abroad. It proves you have the minimum compulsory insurance cover to drive in the country you're visiting.
  • Even if we leave the EU with a deal, you may still need a Green Card, so we recommend getting one from us.
  • You should still take your Certificate of Motor Insurance with you.

The Republic of Ireland is within the territorial limit of our car insurance, so policyholders get the same level as cover there as they do in the UK all year round. However, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal you'll still need a Green Card when travelling there.

The Green Card (or International Motor Insurance Card) is an internationally recognised document that shows that you have the minimum insurance cover needed by law in the country you're visiting.

Find out more about travelling abroad after Brexit

How do I get a Green Card?

If you're visiting any of the countries listed above for up to 90 days, then your Green Card is free. Contact us at least 14 days before you travel, and we'll sort it for you.

Please call 0370 060 0137

Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Travelling further afield

Do tell us if you're taking your car to a country that isn't listed above. You'll need to prove that you have car insurance, not just at the border, but after an accident for example. You can get a Green Card if your insurer will cover you for that country, but you may have to pay a fee for this.

Please call us on 0344 412 4684

Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Keep up to date

Read the latest updates on the impact of Brexit on driving abroad:


Longer trips and business travel abroad

Let us know in advance if you're planning to take your car to Europe for more than 90 days. We can then tell you how much it will cost to get extra insurance cover. Please also tell us if you're planning to use your car for business travel abroad.

Please call us on 0344 412 4684.


Breakdown cover

For peace of mind, AA European Breakdown Cover has a 24-hour English-speaking phone helpline for when you're driving abroad.