If you are resident in the EU, your normal vehicle insurance will automatically give you the minimum legal requirement in each country.
But now the UK has left the EU, since 1 January 2021 you’ll need extra documentation to drive abroad. To drive in the EU and EEA (European Economic Area) from that date you’ll need:
- your driving licence and vehicle registration documents (V5C) if you are taking your own car
- an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in some EU and EEA countries – this can be bought from the Post Office for £5.50
- proof of insurance, such as ‘green card’.
A ‘green card’ is a certificate proving that you have motor insurance cover when driving abroad. You should apply for one if you plan to be driving in the EU and EEA, including in the Republic of Ireland.
To get a green card, ask your insurance provider – and check the policy covers you to drive in the countries you’re going to. But plan ahead, as it can take several weeks to come through. There might also be a small charge.