Insurance It is your responsibility to ensure your car is roadworthy and properly insured for use outside of your country of residence. Your UK vehicle insurance gives you a minimum of third party cover to drive your vehicle in EU countries. Check with your insurer if your policy has extra cover for things like theft or damage to your car abroad.
Green card You need to carry a physical copy of a Green Card for your vehicle to drive in the EU, which is an internationally recognised document that acts as proof of insurance when driving abroad. Contact your insurer and request your card at least six weeks in advance. Your insurers may charge for this service. You may also need a Green Card for your trailer or caravan, so check with your insurer. If in doubt speak to your insurance company.
Registration documents You must carry your car log book (V5C). If the vehicle is not registered in your name, for example if it is a lease or hire car, you will need a VE103 certificate.
Driving permits Please also ensure that your driving licence is valid for the countries to which you are travelling.
If you have a paper license or your driving license was used in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man, you may also need an international driving permit (IDP0 to drive in some EU countires and Norway from 1st January 2021. These are available from the Post Office.
What to carry It is compulsory to display a GB sign on your car, either by number plates that include the GB euro-symbol or a GB sticker. NB from September 28 this must be replaced by a new UK sticker, or a new number plate with the UK symbol.
You must also carry a warning triangle (2 in Spain) and a hi-viz vests. In France, motorists must carry 2 single-use breathalysers certified by French authorities, showing an ‘NF’ (French Standard) number. Please remember to adjust your headlights with deflector strips so they dip to the right. It is not allowed to carry or use a speed camera detector in France.
Recommended items to carry are spare light bulbs, a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit (compulsory in Austria).
All of these items can be bought from motoring shops, AA or RAC shops and at the ports.
For more info about driving abroad, please visit www.gov.uk/driving-abroad