Brexit Update - Green Cards and Driving Abroad

In March we let you know that Green Cards needed to be issued for trips to the EU beyond the original Brexit date of 29 March 2019.

The EU and the UK have now agreed to extend the Brexit date to 31 October 2019.

This means that brokers and insurers will no longer be required to issue Green Cards for trips ending before 31 October 2019.

However, until a withdrawal agreement is in place between the EU and the UK, Green Cards must still be issued for trips after and extending beyond 31 October 2019.

In the event that both parties agree that the UK leaves the EU before the 31 October, then Green Cards may again be required for EU travel beyond the date of this agreement if that agreement doesn’t provide for continuation of the current arrangements.

International Driving Permits

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, you might need and International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in all EU and EEA countries, apart from Ireland. 

You will need :- 

1926 permit to drive in Liechtenstein 
1949 permit to drive in Spain, Iceland, Malta and Cyprus 
1968 permit to drive in all other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland 

You can get an IDP over the counter at the Post Office. 

They cost £5.50 and you must be a GB or Northern Ireland resident, have a full UK driving licence and be 18 or over.

What does it mean to you as a Saffron Client?

At present the majority of policies arranged by Saffron Insurance allow our policyholders to drive within the European Union for a certain amount of time with the cover being confirmed by the insurance certificate we issue, if you are planning a trip that is completed before the 31st October 2019 there is no change. However; if your trip into the European Union is after the 31st October 2019 we require you to contact us at least 3 weeks before your travel date and we will advise you of the specific process required by your insurer and issue a green card if required. 

We will keep you updated with further information when there is more clarity regarding the long term implications of Brexit. If you have any issues or concerns then please contact us on 01799 514144.