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Planning on taking your car overseas after the 1st January?  

November 2020


In previous years, taking your vehicle overseas for work or leisure purposes was fairly easy. However following our departure from the EU earlier this year, and the end of the transition period looming on 31st December 2020, you need to be aware of additional requirements if you wish to take your vehicles abroad. To find out about the actions you need to take to travel with your vehicle after Brexit, please continue reading.

• Driving License - If you're travelling with your vehicle in 2020, you will be able to continue to do so with your UK driving license. However, if your travel is intended after 1st January 2021, then you may need an international driving permit (IDP) which costs £5.50. If you're driving through more than one country, additional PDP's may be required. Similarly, a GB sticker may need to be added to your vehicle.

• Driving in the EU  - When driving through the EU in your own vehicle after January 1st 2021, you will be required to carry an insurance green card. These cards are often free of charge, and take up to a month to process, so being organised is key. A green card can last for up to 90 days, however you may be required to obtain additional green cards if travelling for prolonged periods of time to separate countries. For for more information on how to get a green card, contact us below.

• Towing trailers/caravans - If you are towing a trailer or caravan within the EU, this may require an additional green card. This green card will act as proof of your insurance to tow your caravan/trailer with your vehicle. This is a really important additional extra, as without the separate green card, you will not be able to tow with your vehicle legally. 

Here at Baxters we understand that the transition period to leaving the EU can be confusing, especially with the current Covid circumstances already having such a huge impact on our day-to-day lives. With this in mind we would like to extend our support to our customers. If you're unsure as to how to navigate the new regulations, please get in touch with your usual Baxters contact or give us a call on 020 8554 5500 and we will help you through the process.