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Driving licence updates if we leave the EU

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If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31st October 2019, you might need an additional international driving permit (IDP), as well as your UK driving licence, to drive in the EU or EEA.

Not all EU and EEA countries require you to have an IDP. Ireland, for example, allows UK driving licence holders to drive in the country without an IDP. Other countries* that do not need you to hold an IDP are:

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Austria
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland

* Note — you need to have a photocard driving licence. Some countries allow you to drive there with a paper driving licence. Check the time limits for each country to know how long you can drive in each country on your licence.

Given France is, possibly, the most popular destination for UK caravanners, drivers need to prepare for their trip by applying for an IDP on the Post Office website here: www.postoffice.co.uk

Towing in the EU if the UK leaves

If the UK leaves the EU on 31st October 2019 without a deal, UK caravanners who want to tow within the EAA, EU, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland may have to show they have motor insurance cover. The evidence is known as a Green Card.

You will need a Green card for your car and your caravan. Check with your insurer to get a Green Card for each.

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