Driving in the EU post Brexit (Jan 2020)

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement the UK has now entered a transition period which will last until the 31st December 2020, while our future relationship with the EU is negotiated.

During the transition period, arrangements for drivers (both commercial and private) will remain the same as when the UK was a member of the EU. This means that UK motorists can continue to drive in the EU as they did before, until 31st December 2020. Likewise, UK truck and bus operators will also still be able to do business to and through the EU, with no change to processes at borders.

Arrangements after 1 January 2021 will of course depend on the outcome of negotiations with the EU. The Government is confident of securing an ambitious Free Trade Agreement that reflects our close trading relationship and ensures continued connectivity on transport, including market access for UK truck and bus operators.

UK motorists will have the right to continue to drive in all EU Member States after 1 January 2021 in all circumstances (on the basis of UN Conventions). Driving in some Member States may require an additional International Driving Permit (IDP), available from over 3,000 Post Offices for £5.50. All Member States bar Cyprus, France and Italy have already said that they will not require an IDP for holders of a UK photocard licence.

UK motorists may also require a Green Card when taking their car to the EU to provide proof of motor insurance cover.