Riding in Europe After Brexit (Green Cards)

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Riding in Europe After Brexit (Green Cards)

BeMoto guide to riding in the EEA after Brexit...

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 at 11pm without a Withdrawal Agreement in place or some other agreement, you will need to carry a physical Green Card whilst riding in Europe - if you don't you will be breaking the law in that country.

When we refer to "Europe" we actually mean the European Economic Area (EEA) and linked countries (Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland).

You can find out more at the Council of Bureaux who manage the Green Card system.

You may also need an International Driving Permit (IDP) that allows you to drive in countries where a UK licence alone is not sufficient. You can use the Post Office IDP checker tool here.


If there is no-deal, how will I prove I have the right insurance cover when riding in Europe?

In addition to an International Driving Permit (IDP), you will also need to carry a Green Card.


What is a Green Card?

Green Cards are an international certificate of insurance issued by your insurer in the UK, guaranteeing that the motorist has the necessary third-party motor insurance cover required for that country.

Green Cards are paper documents (not actually a card), which should be printed on green paper. You must carry a physical Green Card while driving riding your motorbike in the EEA and some other countries (Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland).


What if I ride my motorbike in Europe without a Green Card?

If you do ride in Europe without a Green Card you may be prosecuted for driving without insurance and could be subject to a fine and possibly have your motorbike seized.

It's possible you could buy insurance locally when you arrive in the country (sometimes called "frontier insurance"), however, it's likely to be tricky to find someone who will sell it to you and even more likely to be expensive compared to our Green Card process.


How do I get a Green Card to ride my motorbike in Europe?

Contact your BeMoto on 01733 907000* and we will send you your Green Card. You need to carry the physical document when you travel.


How long will it take to get a Green Card from BeMoto?

Please allow sufficient time for your us to process your request and (if needed) post your Green Card to you. We recommend allowing at least 14-days to be safe. If you call us on the way to the ferry port or whilst already overseas there's not much we can do...

However if you have your own green paper and time is short we may be able to email the document and you can print it yourself.


How long will my Green Card be valid for?

Green Cards are valid until your next policy renewal date, so you can travel as much as you like on the same Green Card up to the 90-day limit.


How much will it cost to get a Green Card?

We may charge an administration fee to organise, email, print and post your Green Card documents. Please refer to our Terms of Business for full details of our fees and charges.


How else can BeMoto help me ride my motorbike in Europe?

The first thing to sort is appropriate motorbike travel and repatriation insurance that covers you for emergency medical costs and repatriation back to the UK if medically necessary. Be aware that most UK travel insurance policies have a standard exclusion for riding motorbikes over 125cc so ensure you get top up insurance to avoid large hospital bills in the event of a spill, or worse being stranded in an EU hospital without the means to get home.

We also offer as standard full RAC European Breakdown with Titanium Cover road insurance policies. For only £40 extra you get the RAC top level cover including Home Start, Road Side, Recovery, Onward Travel and EU cover, but also £1,500 of Helmet & Leathers cover and £20,000 of Personal Accident and Accidental Death insurance. All our policies come with £100,000 of Legal Expenses Insurance and NO broker fees to make changes so what are you waiting for?

Call 01733 907000* to speak to BeMoto about your Green Card, European Motorbike Touring Insurance and our Titanium Cover.


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