No-deal Brexit - Do I need a Green Card?

With a no-deal Brexit still a possibility, one of the potential impacts will be the return of the Green Card as a requirement for motorists travelling outside the UK.

The Green Card is a document that provides evidence of motor insurance for vehicles travelling outside the UK. It used to be compulsory for vehicles travelling from the UK to EU countries to obtain one, but that was a long time ago. However, with a no-deal Brexit a possibility, it could be making a surprise comeback as under EU regulations it would be a requirement.

So if you are planning some end of season skiing in the Alps, or just a hop over the Channel for a quick stock up on wine and cheese, you need to know the situation with regards to Green Cards post-Brexit.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) have issued a guidance note this week to advise drivers travelling to the EU after 29 March to make arrangements to have a Green Card issued by their insurer, just in case we crash out of the EU with no deal. This includes travel into the Republic of Ireland. Whilst the situation with the EU is constantly changing and an extension in time for Brexit may be agreed until end of June, there are still a lot of uncertainties and a no-deal Brexit cannot be ruled out.

Advice from the ABI can be found here:


So plan ahead and keep up to speed with developments, although it is unlikely you can keep away from news on this one!

John Baty ACII - Director - Cheviot Insured

Source: ABI