What do I need to drive in Europe?
From January 1st 2021 the rules regarding driving in Europe may change. Short trips such as holidays and business trips may not affect your current UK driving licence. If your licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man or if you have a paper licence, you might need an IDP (International Driving Permit). You do not need an IDP if you are visiting Ireland. IDPs can be purchased at your local Post Office for £5.50
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There are different IDPs you might need to get depending on the country you are visiting. There are 3 types:
Remember if you are travelling through more than one country in Europe you might need more the one IDP. Use this table to find out which permit you will need. If you don’t see the permit number then you should contact the Embassy of the country you will be travelling through.
Documents you will need
If you drive in Europe and are travelling in your own vehicle for less than 12 months in Europe you will need to carry a logbook (V5C) or a VE103 to show you’re allowed to use your hired or leased vehicle abroad. (Current Information) Use a GB sticker on the back of your vehicle even if you have a GB on your number plate.
Green Card Insurance
A green card proves you have insurance cover on your vehicle. You will need to carry a physical copy with you when you drive in Europe. Contact your insurer or ask them where to download it. If your insurer posts the documents allow up to 6 weeks. You may have to show you’re green card at the border if you are involved in an accident or stopped by the police. You do need to have a green card and additional insurance if you are towing a caravan or trailer.
If you Break Down Abroad
It is always wise to have breakdown cover whenever you travel, even more so when you drive in Europe. Most of the well-established companies in the UK will offer competitive breakdown cover. In some countries in Europe having a reflective jacket and a warning triangle are compulsory pieces of equipment, you must carry in you’re vehicle. There are large fines if you don’t and saying I didn’t know is no defence.