We bring you some updates if you’re planning a motorhome trip to a European country (including Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Andorra or Liechtenstein) after Brexit.
(Updated November 27th, 2020)
Planning a holiday to Europe in your motorhome or campervan after December 31st, 2020?
At the end of the Brexit talks and the UK’s transition period, it’s possible that we will not have a new trade deal. If this happens, you will need a Green Card to drive your vehicle in Europe from the 1st January 2021.
If the UK does secure a new trade deal before the end of the Brexit talks, it’s likely that you can drive in the EU as you would normally.
As it is a developing situation, we encourage you to consider the below information as a precaution, to make sure your 2021 European Motorhome trip goes smoothly. We will be providing updated information on Brexit and driving abroad on this blog post as and when new information is available, or you can sign up for direct updates via the Government website.
Driving to Europe in your motorhome after December 31st 2020
There may be changes after December 31st, 2020 and the Government is advising drivers from the UK that they might need extra documentation when driving in the EU.
Insurance validity in the EU
If you’re a UK motorist, with a UK registered vehicle, you’ll continue to hold the same motorhome insurance cover as you do now.
Our motorhome insurance policy provides the legal minimum insurance cover required by law for travel to countries who are members of the European Union or European Economic Area (EEA). A full list of these countries can be found on the Government’s website. Many customers choose to extend this cover from the minimum required third party liability cover, to include comprehensive cover for damage to their motorhome and equipment whilst abroad. Your motorhome insurance policy schedule will tell you which cover you have in force.
A Green Card is issued by your motorhome insurance company and is a standardised document recognisable at borders. It demonstrates that you have the necessary minimum motor insurance cover in place to be on the roads.
- If there’s a “no-deal” Brexit, drivers will legally need to carry a physical copy of the Green Card (on A4 green or white paper), when driving in any EU country, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Andorra or Liechtenstein. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in you being accused of driving without insurance and you may be prosecuted or your vehicle seized.
- A Green Card can be issued for a minimum of 15 days, but cannot be extended beyond your motorhome insurance policy period. It can include all the countries you are travelling to, so it can cover more than one trip.
- Some European countries might also need a Green Card as proof of third-party liability insurance if you’re towing a trailer, so in these circumstances, you might need two Green Cards – one for your motorhome and one for the trailer.
- If you’re not planning on driving in the EU, there’s nothing to do. This does not affect you if you hire a car locally in one of the above countries.
- A Green Card is NOT needed for journeys before December 31st, 2020 for countries listed in our territorial limits. However, if you’re planning to travel to Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia. Montenegro, Romania or Serbia in your motorhome during 2020, then please contact us.
Action: If you intend to drive your motorhome in any EU country, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Andorra or Liechtenstein on or around the 1st January 2021, or any time after that, you will need to contact us to request a Green Card at least 14 days before you travel:
To get your Green Card you can:
- Request an electronic or paper copy via our webform. This will be issued FREE within seven days to your home postal, or email address
- Request a paper copy by calling us on 01422 386777. This option is charged at £15.
International Driving Permit (IDP)
After the 31st December 2020, you’ll probably need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in some countries, such as France, as well as your UK driving licence.
The IDP is a multi-language translation of your driving licence and currently costs £5.50 and can be bought from a Post Office.
There are three different types of IDPs, depending on the EU country you are driving in. You might need more than one if travelling through several countries. You can find up-to-date information on the Government’s website.
If you hold a UK licence, you won’t need an IDP to travel across the Northern Ireland / Republic of Ireland border – just your driving licence.
- You’ll need your UK driving licence to drive in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as normal.
A GB sticker
You’ll need a GB sticker for your motorhome and any trailer after December 31st, 2020.
You’ll need a copy of your motorhome insurance (including your certificate of insurance) as you would now.
Vehicle registration document (V5C)
The Government recommends you carry this and it must show your current address.
Check your passport is valid for travel to Europe using the GOV.UK passport checker. If you’re travelling to Europe after December 31st, 2020, you might need to renew your passport earlier than planned. You can check the validity of your passport and find out more by visiting gov.uk/brexit-check-passport.
Healthcare and travel insurance
Check that you have adequate health cover on your travel insurance. The EHIC will likely not be applicable after the 1st January 2021.
European Accident Statement form
This is a standardised carbonated document making it easier for drivers involved in an accident to exchange details and facts of any incident. They’re not compulsory, so you don’t need to have one in your motorhome.
We do however provide these to customers automatically when they first take out our optional extra of fully comprehensive European cover, or on request, for peace of mind in the event of an incident or accident.
Travelling to Europe with pets
You won’t be able to use the existing pet passport scheme after December 31st, 2020. To make sure you can travel with your pet after Brexit, you should start to prepare at least four months before your travel date by visiting your vet for advice.
Pet owners will need to complete the following steps before travel:
– Get your pet microchipped
– Make sure your pet’s rabies vaccination is up to date
– Allow at least 30 days after your pet’s last rabies vaccination before returning to a vet for a blood test to check it’s worked
– Wait three calendar months after a successful blood test before travel
– Return to a vet within 10 days of travel for an animal health certificate
On arrival in the EU, you will need to enter through a designated Travellers’ point of entry with your pet and you might need to prove that you have taken all the steps above and present your pet’s health certificate. To prepare for changes visit gov.uk/brexit-pet-travel
For more information about driving and visiting Europe after Brexit visit the Government’s travelling abroad website.