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It's great to see the various driving adventures on offer to LDC members and I understand these are already well on the way to being fully booked and that may in fact already be the case.

Whilst far from clear or certain there are potential issues looming for those driving abroad should there be a no deal Brexit.  People driving abroad may need a "Green Card" as proof of insurance and possibly an International Driving Permit. The Brexit deadline of the 29th March is looming and we should know the situation by then, unless of course there is an extension to article 50. I believe the LDC European tour to Germany commences 27th April and I thought this a timely update on what may be required for those taking part.

Insurance

At the present time, the European Insurance Authorities have agreed to waive the need for green cards, however this has not been confirmed or agreed by the European Union Commission, without such an agreement, Green Cards will be required. These will be issued by your insurers who are gearing up for the worst case scenario, the problem is of course that as yet, none of us know how this is going to end or indeed when.  In the event of a no deal scenario, insurers will be inundated with requests for Green Cards and you will need to allow time for this to be processed, we would suggest you apply in good time, perhaps 30 days in advance would be a good idea. It's not clear if there will be any charge for this additional administration.

Driving Licence

In the event of no deal, it is likely you will need to have an International License Permit and these will be available from post offices from the 1st February. There will be two types and for some countries you will unfortunately need to have both.  At this point it looks like the popular destinations of France and Spain are countries where this will be the case. It's not just LDC tours we are talking about of course, any holiday, trip to the 24hr Le Mans etc.

Travel Insurance

Whilst we would never have suggested you relied on the EHIC cover as the best form of travel insurance, should a no deal Brexit occur then these will cease to be valid. You should therefore source travel insurance that meets your requirements.

Kim

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Thanks for this Kim. It looks like those of us traveling at the end of April will be needing International Driving Permits from the PO: https://www.postoffice.co.uk/international-driving-permit. Another useful page of the Gov.uk site: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit

Will be on this ready for February 1st when applications will open for IDP's.

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