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UK tourists will have to show ‘green card’ to travel in Europe this summer

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Driving law changes could see Britons require a “green card” to travel in Europe this summer. Drivers need suitable motor insurance when driving abroad, with some countries requiring road users to carry a “green card” as proof of the insurance coverage.

Under the new guidelines, motorists will now need to apply for a green card to drive in Montenegro. And drivers will need a green card to drive in Albania, Azerbaijan, Israel, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine, too.

Drivers do not need a green card to drive in the European Union though. And Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia or Switzerland are also exempt, as is Ireland, UK motorists and road users have been told.

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The government explains: “If you’re driving in most European countries, all UK vehicle insurance provides the minimum third party cover to drive in the EU (including Ireland), Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Switzerland.

“Check with your insurer if your policy has extra cover for things like theft or damage to your car abroad. A green card is proof that you have vehicle insurance when driving abroad. Contact your insurer to get one for your vehicle. They’ll either post you a green card – allow up to 6 weeks or tell you how to download a green card to print yourself

“You will need to carry extra green cards if you’re towing a trailer or caravan (one for the towing vehicle and one for the trailer or caravan), you have 2 insurance policies covering your trip (one card for each policy) or you have multi-car or fleet insurance (one for each vehicle on the policy).

“You must show your green card if you’re involved in an accident. You may have to show your green card at the border when moving between countries or if you’re stopped by the police.”

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