You may have heard that you need a ‘green card’ to show that you’re insured to drive in the EU. The good news is that green cards are just for driving your own car, or hire cars from the UK, in the EU.
Do I need a green card to drive in Europe now?
No. Although a Green Card was initially needed after the UK left the EU on 1 January 2021, from 2 August 2021, drivers going to Europe have been spared the additional paperwork. A Green Card is an international certificate of insurance – a physical document that drivers sometimes need to take with them when travelling.
What documents do you need to drive a hire car in Spain?
To rent a car in Spain you will need a full EU driving license or an international driving license. Most rental companies will also insist that the license has been held for at least 12 months. Most rental companies also require a deposit to be paid by credit card only.
Can I drive a rental car in Spain?
Tip. Most cars rented in Spain can be driven anywhere in Western Europe, but if you plan to drive your rental across borders, check with the rental company first. Ask about the grace period for drop-off times.
What do I need to hire a car in Spain after Brexit?
In order to hire a car in Spain you will need to have a full UK driving licence, an International Driving Permit (if your UK licence was not issued by mainland authorities), your valid passport or National ID card for EU citizens as identification and a credit card to pay for the car hire deposit.
Do UK drivers need a Green Card?
The European Commission has announced that with effect from the 2nd August 2021, UK drivers will no longer be required to carry Green Cards when driving their vehicle in the EU (including Ireland), Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, and Switzerland.
Do you need a Green Card to drive in France 2021?
Will I need an Insurance Green Card to drive in France and Spain from 2021. No – drivers will not need to carry an insurance “Green Card” when driving in France or Spain.
Can I drive in Spain with UK licence after Brexit?
UK licence holders resident in Spain can now continue to drive using their valid UK driving licence until 30 April 2022. UK driving licence holders resident in Italy before 1 January 2022 can continue to drive until 31 December 2022.
Can I hire a car in Spain with a paper driving licence?
Paper licences issued before 1998 are also still valid, although they will not be updated with the recent information about your driving record. If yours was issued after 1998, you can, of course, hold on to the paper part, although the government advises that you destroy it.
What are the rules for hiring a car in Spain?
In order to rent a car in Spain you must be at least 21 years old, and for some suppliers you must be 23 or older. Under most circumstances, drivers under the age of 25, are required to pay an additional young driver surcharge, which can cost upwards of €20.00 EUR per day, on top of the agreed upon rental rate.
Can I hire a car in Spain without my driving licence?
The official answer is you can’t hire a car – but ask your rental company. You would be surprised how often this happens and most companies are willing to contact the DVLA to get a copy.
Can I hire a car abroad with a paper driving licence?
The simple answer to this question is YES. Paper driving licenses are still valid and the driver can continue to use it until it expires, providing none of the driver details (like their name or address have changed).
Can I drive in Spain with my American license?
American Driving Licenses and Spain
If you are an American driving in Spain, you will need to carry both your valid U.S. driving license, plus an International Driving Permit (IDP). The International Driving Permit is a separate document that translates your driving license into 10 different languages.
Do I need a green card to drive in Europe after Brexit?
You do not need to carry a green card when you drive in the EU (including Ireland), Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, and Switzerland. You still need valid vehicle insurance.
Can I still hire a car in Europe after Brexit?
You’ll be pleased to know that you can still hire a car in Europe even now that Brexit has been finalised. Nothing much has changed, but you might need an international driving permit (IDP) to hire a car in some countries and with some hire companies.
What do you need to hire a car in Europe after Brexit?
If you are renting a car in the UK and planning to take your hire car to the EU or EEA, you will need to carry a ‘Green Card’. The Green Card to drive your rental car around Europe and to show that appropriate third-party liability insurance is in place.