in Europe post Brexit
Although unnecessary travel is banned at present looking ahead to
the second half of the 2021 hopefully touring in Europe will be available
gain - but what changes will there be? This brief
summary aims to set out what is known at present about the changed
requirements post Brexit.
If any members spot any updates on the travel in Europe requirements
for UK citizens, do let the V8 Webmaster know so the information can
be added to this note. Email
See their website for their updates. More
UK residents can apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) to
access emergency medical care in the EU when their current EHIC card
runs out. Under a
new agreement with the EU, both cards will offer equivalent healthcare
protection when people are on holiday, studying or travelling for
business. This includes emergency treatment as well as treatment needed
for a pre-existing condition. The new GHIC card is free and can be
obtained via the official GHIC website. Fellow member Ralph Hardwick
says "I have tried to obtain one as my EHIC has expired but I
think the site had crashed because of demand. 210111
on BBC NEWS website
International Driving Permit (IDP)
An IDP is basically a paper booklet which shows your Driving Licence
details in several languages. There are three types of IDP - 1926,
1949 and 1968. The numbers refer to the year that the IDP was first
1926 - International Convention relative to Motor Traffic - IDP valid
for 1 year.
1949 - Geneva Convention on Road Traffic - IDP valid for 1 year.
1968 - Vienna Convention on Road Traffic - IDP valid for 3 years or
until your UK driving license expires, whichever comes first.
For travelling by car in Europe, the 1968 IDP is the latest and most
recognised document. A list of countries which require or accept an
IDP, and any comments (note the remarks on paper licences for some
countries) that may have to be actioned can be found here.
IDPs can only be purchased at a cost of £5.50 by visiting one
of 2,500 Post Offices that offer the service. PO
Contributor: Steve Bowley 210115
1st January 2021 the UK has no longer been a part of the European
Union so the following matters will need to be checked and preparations
made as necessary before travelling from the UK to Europe.
Anyone with a UK passport that expires within six months of
their date of travel should get their passport renewed as soon
as possible. For those people who have had extra months added
to their existing 10 year UK passport, because they renewed
their old passport before it expired, may find that these additional
months do not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining.
Visa to enter the EU from the UK
UK nationals will only need a visa if they want to stay in the
EU more than 90 days in a 180-day period.
UK Driving Licence
Your UK driving licence will still be valid for driving in Europe
after 31st December 2020. From 1st January 2021 driving licence
rules will remain unchanged, however it is still recommended
that you get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able
to drive in some European countries as a visitor as the UK has
left the EU. Currently they cost £5.50 and are valid for
a year. You will not need an IDP to drive in Ireland as it has
been agreed that your UK driving licence will still be valid
on its own while you are driving in Ireland. See
GOV.UK guidance page for full information
Drivers from the EU coming to the UK?
The Department for Transport has agreed that the United Kingdom
will continue to recognise the EU driving licence as valid.
Vehicle insurance for UK registered vehicles in the EU
A motor insurance Green Card will be required as evidence of
motor insurance cover when driving abroad in the EU, Andorra,
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Switzerland. For
driving in the rest of the World this will depend country by
country and you should check the travel advice for each country
you are travelling to. Some countries also require separate
insurance for trailers which means you may also need a separate
Green Card for your trailer. You should contact your vehicle
insurance provider to obtain a motor insurance Green Card.
GB sticker on display
Put a GB sticker on the back of your vehicle if it's registered
in the UK, even if your number plate already shows GB with a
Euro symbol. You could get a fine if you do not have a GB sticker
when you need one.
Healthcare when travelling in the EU
From 1 January 2021 you are still be able to use your EHIC (European
Health Insurance Car) which will remain valid until its expiry
date, however they will be phased out. The UK government says
they will be replaced by a new UK Global Health Insurance Card
(GHIC), but there are no further details yet on how to obtain
it. It is therefore, very important that you have appropriate
travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad.
Make sure it covers any pre-existing conditions that were previously
covered by your EHIC. Healthcare