Free annual Green Cards for EU and EEA countries will be provided to all motorhome and campervan clients with new business and renewal documents and if you need one before renewal, this year, we’ll send you one on request. If you are going to leave on a European trip before 29th March 2019 and returning after it would be a good idea to take a Green Card with you. If you are a current client just ask and we will send you one. If you are planning to tow a trailer or caravan in the EU/EEA the current advice we are being given from the MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) is that you will need a separate Green Card for your trailer or caravan.
The reason we don’t currently need a Green Card for EU countries is because of an agreement with the EU that motor insurance for one EU state provides cover for all other EU states. If we leave without a deal that agreement stops and we will need a Green Card.
Touring caravan clients need to contact the insurer of the car they are going to tow the caravan in Europe with. Make sure you tell them that you are towing a caravan and they should be able to include category “F” on the Green Card to include a trailer. It is the responsibility of the car insurer to provide the Green Card, caravan insurers are not responsible for third party insurance for the caravan while it is being towed. The current advice from the ABI and MIB is that you will require a separate Green Card for your caravan or trailer.
Other Essential documents
International Driving Permit
Unless there’s an agreement to the contrary your will need and International Driving Permit that you ca obtain from the PostOffice. Full details here: International Driving Permits
If you are going to Spain, Cyprus, Iceland or Malta passing through other EU countries you will need two different IDPs. Liechtenstein has a third type.
The current reciprocal medical arrangements are centred on the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). Unless the Government make an agreement to continue this arrangement after Brexit the card will no longer be valid and alternative medical insurance will be necessary.
The ABI (Association of British Insurers) say:
If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement in place, and in the absence of a specific agreement to the contrary, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will no longer apply. This makes it even more important that you have appropriate travel insurance in place to cover medical costs while you are travelling in an EU country, in the same way as you would when travelling to a non-EU country.
Pet owners who normally travel to Europe with their pets need to be aware of possible changes to this arrangement. This is from the Government web page on the subject:
Pet Travel to Europe after Brexit.