Green Cards and Driving in the EU from January 2021
Drivers do not need a Green Card for any trip made to and from the EU that ends on or before 31 December 2020.
As things stand, Green Cards may still be required for trips after and extending beyond 1 January 2021.
What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is an international certificate of insurance which guarantees that the motorist has the necessary third party insurance cover. These certificates prove that a driver is suitably insured to drive in these countries. A physical copy of a Green Card is needed when travelling as digital copies are not currently accepted. Anyone arriving at the border without a physical Green Card may not be allowed to drive in that country.
The Green Card will also need to identify any trailers or towed vehicles. In some EU member states, a separate Green Card is needed for each trailer.
What does this mean for my clients?
Any clients with motor policies you have arranged through Bollington Underwriting may need a Green Card from their insurer to travel to and from the EU after 31 December 2020.
Up to and including 31 December 2020, your clients can travel to and from the EU without a Green Card.
Please let the Broker Support team know in good time of any journeys where your client may need a Green Card. Ideally, we require at least two weeks’ notice before travel commences.
It is a requirement that a Green Card covers a period of a minimum of 15 days. Therefore, if your client’s motor insurance policy is due to expire less than 15 days after the date of travel, you will need to ensure you have confirmed renewal before you depart (even if the trip is less than 15 days in total).
How will Green Cards be issued?
- You need to notify us of any clients who need a green card, providing their full details
- We will notify the insurer of the client
- The insurer will issue the Green Card
- Dependent on the insurer, the Green Card will either be issued to us for release to you or sent directly to the client.
The process will vary dependent on the insurer. Each insurer is currently putting in place arrangements to issue Green Cards, but this will likely be a manual process. We ask therefore that you contact us in plenty of time before you travel to allow for the Green Card to be issued and sent out.
Will there be a fee for Green Cards?
Again this will depend on your insurance company. However, to date, none have advised us they intend to charge and we will not charge an administration fee as long as the Green Card is requested with 21 days notice.
You can obtain further advice and information at The Association of British Insurers.
You will also need to consider obtaining an international driving permit. You can obtain further details on the Government website.
How to Request a Green Card
You can request a Green Card by filling in this form.
Alternatively, call us on 01625 348040.
Once a request form has been submitted, we will contact your insurer and ensure a Green Card is issued within 21 days.