Driving in the EU after Brexit

There’s nothing better than the freedom that comes with taking your car to mainland Europe, and this won’t change after Brexit. Cars, motorbikes, and other vehicles are still welcome on board our ferries, and driving when you reach your destination is just as easy as it ever was.

There are a few changes to driving in the EU with regards to documentation, below are the latest updates. You can find out more by visiting the gov.uk site.


International Driving Permits

You need to carry your UK driving licence with you when driving in the EU.

You do not need an international driving permit (IDP) to visit and drive in the EU, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

However, you might need an IDP to drive in some EU countries and Norway if you have:


a paper driving licence


a licence that was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man


You will not need an IDP to drive when visiting Ireland if you have a UK driving licence.


Green Cards


You must carry a green card for the vehicle you’re driving in the EU (including Ireland), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia or Andorra.


A ‘green card’ is proof of motor insurance cover when driving abroad. You must carry a physical copy of your green card when driving in the EU. Electronic versions of green cards are not acceptable.


You will need to carry multiple green cards if:


you have fleet or multi-car insurance – you’ll need a green card for each vehicle


your vehicle is towing a trailer or caravan – you’ll need one for the towing vehicle and one for the trailer or caravan (you need separate trailer insurance in some countries)


you have 2 policies covering the duration of your trip. For example, if you renew your policy during the journey


What else might I need when driving in mainland Europe?


It's important no matter where or when you're driving in mainland Europe, that you arrange adequate European breakdown cover.


You'll also need to ensure that you have a GB sticker displayed on the rear of your car unless your number plate includes the GB identifier on its own or with the Union flag.


Something else you should check before travelling to mainland Europe with your car is whether the country you’re visiting, or any that you’ll be driving through, have any specific rules that you need to follow. For example, to drive in France you’ll need to have a reflective jacket and a warning triangle, plus headlight converters to stop you from dazzling oncoming traffic. Take a look at our tips for driving in France for more information.


Now that you know what to expect from driving in the EU after Brexit, book your ferry crossing and start planning your next trip today.


For more details on travelling with a vehicle visit our dedicated page.


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