Planning to drive in Europe this spring or summer?

Here's what you need to know about Avis car hire during the transition period following Brexit


On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom left the European Union (EU) and entered a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

To understand the latest requirements for driving in the EU or the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), please see the UK Government website.for up to date information.

To help you prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit, here’s a summary of what you need to know. 

Driving abroad

There are no planned changes to car hire during the transition period following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31st January 2020.  

UK driving licences:

  • During the transition period, UK drivers do not need any extra paperwork or an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the EU or EEA when driving a local rental car

EU driving licences:

  • Arrangements for EU licence holders who are visiting or living in the UK will not change.
  • Visitors with EU driving licences will not need an IDP to drive in the UK.


Taking a UK hire car abroad

If you are renting in the UK and planning to take your hire car to the EU or EEA, you will need to carry a ‘Green Card’. To get one of these, you will need to organise Continental Cover. To arrange cover, please call our reservations hotline at least five days ahead of collection.

  • This protective cover provides you with a Green Card to drive your rental car around Europe and to show that appropriate third-party liability insurance is in place.
  • Continental Cover also provides you with “Vehicle on Hire Certificate” (VE103B).

These vehicle documents will be provided by the rental location on collection of your hire vehicle, when continental cover is arranged in advance.

Read more about Continental Cover.

To find out more information for how to prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit, please click here for government guidance.

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