Driving Abroad (especially After Brexit)

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  1. Ads_Essex

    Ads_Essex Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Lifted from the Gov.uk website:

    Driving in the EU and EEA from
    29 March 2019

    If there is an EU exit deal, UK licence holders will be able to continue to drive in all EU and EEA countries using their UK driving licence.

    In the event that there is no EU Exit deal, the government will seek to put in place new arrangements for EU and EEA countries to recognise UK driving licences when people are visiting, for example on holiday or business trips.
    Until such arrangements are in place, UK driving licence holders may need an IDP in addition to their UK driving licence to drive when visiting EU and EEA countries.

    Each EU and EEA country will decide if they require a foreign driver to have an IDP, in addition to a driving licence, to legally drive in their country.

    In some circumstances you may need more than one IDP. For example, when driving through France (1968 IDP) to Spain (1949 IDP).

    On 29 March 2019, if there is no EU Exit deal or any other relevant agreement, you may need a 1968 IDP to drive in these EU and EEA countries:

    Austria
    Belgium
    Bulgaria
    Croatia
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Hungary
    Italy
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Poland
    Portugal
    Romania
    Slovakia
    Slovenia
    Sweden

    On 29 March 2019, if there is no EU Exit deal, you may need a 1949 IDP to drive in these EU and EEA countries:

    Cyprus
    Iceland
    Malta
    Spain

    Ireland has ratified the 1949 road traffic convention but does not require foreign drivers to carry an IDP in addition to their driving licence. As such, if you hold a UK driving licence you will not need an IDP to drive in Ireland from 29 March 2019.

    On 29 March 2019, if there is no EU Exit deal, you may need a 1926 IDP to drive in Liechtenstein.

    How to get an IDP
    You can get 1926, 1949 and 1968 IDPs over the counter from 2,500 UK post offices.

    Each IDP will cost £5.50.

    Published 14 January 2019
    Last updated 1 February 2019
     
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  2. Kramsdog

    Kramsdog Member T6 Pro

    Also don’t forget the E111 health card will be invalid.

    So you’ll need to sort out Private medical care cover.

    Plus, most insurance companies green card will revert to 3rd party cover only, again we’ll need to buy further cover for our trips over the channel.
     
  3. kiter

    kiter Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Been wondering about this, will be driving in Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland in July/August.
     
  4. True Romance

    True Romance 204 TDi DSG LWB VIP Member T6 Pro

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    And if your taking a pet it's even worse.
     
  5. Steve H

    Steve H Excited Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Very true. My neighbours have property in France and have had to go this weekend as they always take the dog. There are no provisions for pet passports after the 29th as yet I believe.
     
  6. Peatey

    Peatey Head Treacle Miner VIP Member T6 Guru

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  7. True Romance

    True Romance 204 TDi DSG LWB VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Yep, my brother has just gone and the vets told him in his opinion not to travel atm. Ended up having blood tests done but as everyone is doing the same thing there are massive delays getting the results back.
     
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  8. kiter

    kiter Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    hadn't thought about pets being affected, I was hoping to deliver one of my cocker puppies to a lady in belguim en route but may need to re think.
     
  9. True Romance

    True Romance 204 TDi DSG LWB VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Think you've missed the boat for May. Don't quote me but with no deal the dog needs rabies vaccine 4 months before then bloods tests which takes around 5 to 6 weeks then you only have a small window to travel providing the blood results are ok. Best speak with your vet. Hopefully the MP's will come to there senses and sort something out.
     
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  10. superflyguy

    superflyguy Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

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    I wouldn't worry, its not going to happen :rofl:
     
  11. Hinsley

    Hinsley Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Hopefully, this will be the case or at least a delay whilst everything is sorted.

    We are going away this Easter to France and wanted to take the dog. I’ve sorted the green card for the van, this thread made me aware of the IDP which I will apply for but didn’t realise the issue with the dog.

    We’ve just applied for her passport which we will collect next week and (wrongly) assumed that this is all we would need together with the worming evidence on return. Now if it’s blood tests and the delays related to them we can’t take her.

    If there is a deal in time hopefully sense will prevail or if there is a delay this will remain as they are now which means she can come.
     
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  12. superflyguy

    superflyguy Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Hope it all works out for you, and your Dog :thumbsup:
     
  13. kiter

    kiter Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    end of July is when I'm going so hopefully know more before then, puppies are only 10 days just now. Its strange I have two puppies that have gone to the USA and its an absolute doddle, just need all their jags/rabies and a letter from vet confirming they are fit and well to travel and off they go - no pet passport etc, I was surprised how simple it was. Suppose its easier as they are not coming back to the UK.
     
  14. andys

    andys Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    You're all missing the biggest issue, we'll be legally bound to drive on the left when we get there :eek:
     
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