What is a European Certificate/Green Card?
European Certificate, commonly referred to as a “Green Card” is an international certificate of insurance proving visiting motorists have the minimum compulsory insurance cover required by the law of the country visited.
All EEA countries are part of a Green Card free circulation area, meaning that motorists based there do not have to carry Green Cards when visiting other countries in the area. This is what UK-based motorists have been used to as a result of the UK’s EU membership, but when the transition period ends, with or without a trade deal, UK motorists may be required to carry Green Cards for the entire system, including EEA countries. As it stands, UK is no longer a part of a Green Card free circulation area therefore Green Cards are required from the 01st of January 2021.
*Full details of the scope of the Green Card system can be found on the Council of Bureaux website, which includes an interactive map of the countries in the system https://www.cobx.org/highcharts-maps
When do I need a Green Card?
If you’re travelling to the EU after 31st December 2020, or your trip will extend into 2021, then you’ll need to request a Green Card.
How do I get a Green Card?
In simple terms, you will need to request one from your insurer. The timescales on issuing one varies from insurer to insurer however be prepared this process can take up to 4 weeks and contact your insurance broker as long as possible in advance of your trip.
InEvexco have systems internally and externally with clients and insurers that promote the expedient issue of Green Cards. Contact us for more information.