Driving in Europe after Brexit

=adrian=

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So it seems we will need extra documents to be able to drive in Europe after brexit. £5.50 and a photo needed. Any additional info? Is this definite? I have a car booked in Europe in May. Do I do it now or wait as it still might change?
 

Foster

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You'll have to drive on the right to show dominance.
 

AMc

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As you can get an International Driving Permit at the Post Office then I would probably hold off until closer to the 29th of March.


International Driving Permits and Brexit | RAC Drive

Should I get my IDP now, just in case?
If the UK leaves the European Union on 29th March 2019 with ‘no deal’, a 1949 version of the IDP which can be purchased now and is valid for 12 months, would be required when driving in Spain, Malta, Ireland and Cyprus. All other EU countries would require a 1968 IDP which will only be available over the counter in Post Office branches from 1st February 2019. You can use the Post Office website to find out which branches can issue IDPs.

Separate arrangements in non-EU/EEA countries will apply.

A 1968 version of the IDP will only be available for purchase from Post Offices from 1st February 2019.
 

djbsom

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I'm going to be sat in a bar in Cyprus watching Brexit on the 29th and we've hired a suv for the week so I'm getting the IDP ready.
 

Dony

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From the other perspective, the Irish government have had insurance Green cards printed up for drivers who'll be coming north. I think the figure I heard was 300000 cards are now available for drivers, with more being printed.

As someone who travels across the border every day, but who lives in N.I, I'm still waiting for our wonderful government to tell me what plans they have in place. :mad:
 

mjn

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Yes, i’m keeping an eye on this. Currently have nothing booked, but may make a super late trip.
 

outoftheknow

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I’m coming the other way - hire car booked to drive in the Uk shortly after you aren’t in Europe........

I expect there may be some tit for tat crap but hopefully not for a Australian licence.

For the normal non EU world an international driving permit is really just your driving licence in English. If you have a local licence in English and somewhere else insists you need to pay for a bit of paper that doesn’t add anything to your driving skill levels, they are simply being difficult to make a point.

Fair enough if they absolutely can’t read English or if they don’t want to accept a licence where they have assessed the test doesn’t reach the minimum level of skill they want on their roads.
 

True Romance

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Can see these IDP costs quickly escalating if we end up with no deal. We are ripoff Britain after all. Recently purchased a VW camper with the intention to travel around Europe from next year. Add to this new rules for those taking dogs across the channel and you start to think is it worth all the hassle.
 

djbsom

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This is what you end up with for your £5:50p.
This one is valid for a year specifically for Cyprus and I've chosen to start it on the 28th so I'm covered for the second part of our holiday.
Basically just your photo, entitlements and basic info.
 

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Dony

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Lots of info on the Gov.uk website.

Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit

Wife is due to get her Eire Passport so wonder what effect it will have on her and whether she would need IDP or not if driving a GB car.
She'll be like half the N.I population, including myself who have an Irish passport but a UK registered vehicle.
 

mikes48

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Wife is due to get her Eire Passport
Hope your wife (if she isn't Irish herself) can get a certified copy of photo ID of her parent/grandparent (if she's following that route, that is).

My daughter is doing the same, based on her 94 year old grandmother's Irish birth. We're struggling a bit on that because the gran, my Mum, has no official photo ID, not even a bus pass, and the Consulate's position is "no document - no passport" :eek:.

We'll find a solution, I hope :).
 

MrSossidge

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Hope your wife (if she isn't Irish herself) can get a certified copy of photo ID of her parent/grandparent (if she's following that route, that is).

My daughter is doing the same, based on her 94 year old grandmother's Irish birth. We're struggling a bit on that because the gran, my Mum, has no official photo ID, not even a bus pass, and the Consulate's position is "no document - no passport" :eek:.

We'll find a solution, I hope :).
Her Dad is Irish. We have his Birth Certificate so should be OK as far as we can tell from the application.
 
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