The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and is now in the transition period whilst the UK and the European Union negotiate a new relationship. During this period the UK-EU trading relationship remains the same and Green Cards will not be required for driving in the EU.
What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is an international certificate of insurance, which guarantees that the motorist has the necessary third party insurance cover. These certificates prove that customers are suitably insured to drive in these countries and replaces the current European disclosures held on the back of Certificates of Motor Insurance.
Why is a Green Card needed?
Any UK motorist travelling outside the UK using their insured vehicle will need to carry a Green Card as proof of motor insurance in the event no deal is reached between the UK and EU with regard to the UK participation in the Green Card Free Circulation Area.
This includes for example:
• People who drive across the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland border.
• Any UK motorist planning to drive their vehicle in the Green Card free circulation area (EEA, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland) for business or pleasure.
Do RH customers need to request a Green Card immediately?
At present, RH offers customers the ability to drive within the European Union under their motor insurance policy; this cover is still in place and nothing will change until 31 October 2019 (unless the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed by Parliament earlier than this). There therefore won’t be a need for Green Cards for any customers travelling outside of the UK with their vehicle before this date.
When will I know for sure if I will need a Green Card?
A Green Card will only be required if a no deal Brexit takes place.
Can I show a digital copy of their Green Card at the border?
No, a physical copy of a Green Card on plain A4 green paper is needed when travelling, as digital copies are not currently accepted. If you arrive at the border without a physical Green Card on plain A4 green paper, you will not be allowed to drive in that country.
What is the RH process for issuing a Green Card?
Customers are advised to contact RH on 0333 043 3911 or via email (email@example.com) to request a physical copy Green Card if you’re travelling outside the UK in your insured vehicle during or after the 31st October 2019.
Please note your Green Card must be printed on A4 plain green paper to be valid and effective dates of cover must be within the period of insurance shown on the Certificate of Insurance. No digital copies will be accepted.
Will RH charge for issuing a Green Card?
No, we will not charge to issue Green Cards to our customers.
How will I receive my Green Card?
On request for the Green Card, we will arrange for the Green Card to be posted to your registered address on your policy via Royal Mail standard delivery.
How long until I receive my Green Card?
The Green Card will be posted out to you within 24 hours of receiving your request and if you have not received in the post within 5 working days, you should contact us on 0333 043 3911.
What if I wish to travel outside of EU and EEA countries?
The Green Card will only cover countries in the EU and EEA, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland. If additional countries are required then a request will need to be made to us, as this is not currently covered by your insurance policy.