Driving in Europe post-Brexit: The new EU rules motorists need to be aware of this year

Driving abroad: RAC's tips for driving in Europe

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Thanks to a last-minute deal with the EU, a UK driving licence remains valid for the vast majority of UK drivers in Europe. After August 2, 2021, a Green Card (or International Motor Insurance Card) is no longer required for travel in the European Economic Area (EEA).

This includes all of the EU nations, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Drivers will still need to take a number of documents, or they could risk receiving a fine.

For those intending on driving in Europe, they will need a valid full driving licence, a copy of their DVLA driving record and their original vehicle registration document (V5C).

In addition they will need their passport and travel insurance documents, as well as an International Driving Permit (where necessary) and potentially a visa for certain countries.

Drivers will not need an IDP if they have a photocard driving licence issued in the UK and they’re driving in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

An IDP will be needed to drive outside of Europe and also if they have a paper driving licence or it has been issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man.

If drivers are taking a company-owned, hired or borrowed vehicle, they will need a letter of authorisation from the registered keeper.

They will also need the original vehicle registration document (V5c) or a Vehicle on Hire Certificate (VE103).

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Despite post-Brexit fallout, UK drivers who have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be able to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay.

Motorists can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which works in the same way.

Crucially though, these rules are different for Spain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Drivers will also need a range of items in their vehicle when they are in Europe.

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