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What Is a Green Card and Do I Need It?

As the deadline for Brexit is quickly approaching, increasingly companies are preparing for the chance of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. In the event of the UK leaving the European Union on 29th March without a deal, it will become a legal requirement to carry a physical document known as a Green Card when driving in Europe.

Please note that the following information is dependent on the UK leaving the European Union by the 29th March without a withdrawal agreement.

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is a physical document that acts as proof of motor insurance internationally. Within the European Union, there is a Green Card Free Circulation Area which enables EU citizens to travel freely without the need of this card. When the UK leaves the EU they will no longer be included in this area.

Why do I need it?

As mentioned before, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a Green Card will be required by all UK motorists if they wish to drive to Europe, the EEA (European Economic Area), Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland for business or pleasure.

Here are some examples of when you would need a Green Card:

  • You are driving across the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland Border
  • You are a UK motorist planning to drive your vehicle in the Green Card Free Circulation Area for business or pleasure either during or after the 29th March 2019.

How can I get a Green Card?

If you are a client of ours, we can assist you with obtaining a Green Card. Otherwise, you will need to contact your insurance broker or intermediary to get one.

You can contact us today on 01454 322 266.


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