Help Category: Green Cards

Can I still take my pet with me on the trip?

You can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain for travel to an EU country. You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.

There is more advice on the government page for taking your pet abroad.

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What help will I receive if I’m involved in an accident while driving in the EU?

The UK has well-established relationships with motor insurers in each EU country to facilitate the settlement of claims for any incidents involving cross-border drivers.

UK residents involved in a road accident need to make a claim against either the driver or the insurer in the EU/EEA country where the accident happened. This could mean making the claim in the local language.

In the event of an accident in an EU/EEA country caused by an uninsured or an untraced driver, UK residents might not receive compensation. This will vary from country to country.

Please visit the Motor Insurers’ Bureau’s website for more information.

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What happens if I’m involved in an accident abroad that I might be fully or partly responsible for? Do I need to contact my insurer?

You need to take the same action as you would in the UK: stop safely at the scene, take everyone’s details, observe the scene and make notes – and contact us as soon as possible.

You need to ask for the insurance details of the other drivers and gather as much evidence as possible about what happened, including taking pictures if safe to do so.

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Which countries can I travel to with my insurance?

As per your Private Car Policy Document in Your Portal, you will be covered to drive in: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Channel Islands and The Isle of Man.

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What if my travel dates overlap with my policy end date?

If your insurance policy is due to expire less than 15 days after the first date of travel, you will need to confirm your renewal before departure (even if your trip is less than 15 days in total).

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If I did still need a Green Card, how can I request this?  

A policyholder or any authorised individual on the account can request a Green Card.

To do so you need to contact our Customer Service team on Live Chat (we might be able to serve you quicker there), email service@drivelikeagirl.com or call 0333 103 7898. Make sure you have your policy number to hand as well as the dates that you’ll be travelling so that the advisers can easily process your request.

We will issue your Green Card as a pdf via email, but it must be printed before your departure as electronic versions won’t be accepted. Alternatively, you can request for a paper copy to be posted to an address of your choosing. This will all be free of charge.

The Green Card should be requested at least 28 days before your departure date, however, we will be as accommodating as possible should you require one at shorter notice. We recommend you to process your request as soon as you know the dates that you intend to travel.

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What else do I need to consider when driving in the EU / EEA?

You’ll need to carry your driving license with you and your vehicle log book (V5C). You don’t need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in the EU if you have a photocard driving license issued in the UK. However, you may need one if you have a paper driving license or a license that was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man, please check the government advice here on driving in the EU.

We recommend you check the government’s guidance on driving in the EU before you look to travel.

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Do I need a Green Card?

As of 2nd August 2021 the UK is part of the Green Card Free Circulation Area (GCFCA). This means that Green Cards are no longer required for UK drivers driving in the EU / EEA, other than some specific circumstances when driving with a trailer, caravan etc attached to your car.

For non-EU countries that may require a Green Card please see the government advice on driving abroad.

You might need to carry a Green Card for driving in certain countries (outlined in the UK government’s advice on driving abroad) to prove you have valid insurance cover.

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What’s a Green Card?  

Green Cards (or International Motor Insurance Certificates, IMICs) are an international certificate of insurance issued by insurance providers in the UK. They’re used to verify that the motorist has the necessary third-party motor insurance cover for driving in the country being travelled to.

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