This week, non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality and gyms were able to welcome people back in phase two of the UK Government’s four step plan on the easing of lockdown measures, signalling the beginning of the return to “normality” for Britain. The next phase may hopefully allow for further easing of travel restrictions – fingers crossed!
Here at Aspire, we can’t wait to pack our cases and head to somewhere hot with plenty of sights to see! It might be glaringly obvious that we love to fly, but that’s not the only way to get from A to B. Perhaps in 2021, you might want to switch it up and get behind the wheel instead, or maybe you’re a seasoned road-tripper, either way, post-Brexit there are some changes to the rules about driving in Europe and we’re here to give you the lowdown.
Way back in January 2020, as you may well know, the UK ceased being a member state of the European Union, and in January this year we landed a new deal. Find out how you can prepare for driving abroad now that we’ve left the EU.
Licence and driving permits
First and foremost, you’ll need your UK photocard driving licence when you’re driving in Europe. Some good news is that you’ll no longer require an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the EU for short visits.
This comes after the Government secured an agreement with all 27 EU member states to recognise UK driving licences without an IDP. Not familiar with an IDP? It’s nothing to worry about its just an official, multi-language translation of your driving licence.
You might still prefer to carry an IDP just in case, which is fine and in some countries such as Denmark, you will need one if you plan to stay for longer than 90 days. They are available through the Post Office and cost £5.50, not much more than a London pint!
If you have a paper driving licence, or your licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man, you might still need to acquire an IDP. In this case, you should check with the embassy of the country you’ll be driving in.