Do I need a Green Card (Insurance) to drive in France??

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Found 13th Nov 2008
It's been a few years since I last visited the France. Does anyone know if you still have to have a 'green card' car insurance document?

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A green card is not neccessary for travel in the EU. But some insurance companies do not neccessarily include cover for Europe and may charge an additional premium. Ring your insurers and ask them, they will give you a definite answer.
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A green card is not neccessary for travel in the EU. But some insurance … A green card is not neccessary for travel in the EU. But some insurance companies do not neccessarily include cover for Europe and may charge an additional premium. Ring your insurers and ask them, they will give you a definite answer.


Thanks for that. I'll check my policy and give them a ring tomorrow.
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Most will issue a free green card and depending on the policy, you are allowed a few per year.

Its not compulsary - but if you travel without and have an accident, I'd imagine your vehicle wouldnt be covered. (And lets face it, they'd take any opportunity they can to avoid paying out!)
On the back of you certificate should be a statement in Spanish, French (& German I think) Explaining that you can drive as a visitor in any E U state. You must carry the certificate with you if you are driving your own car (if its a hire car thy give you the paperwork) and don't foret to keep your passport and licence with you at all times. All EEC insurance certs are legally obliged to include this cover.
Having travelled extensively in Europe, I can say from experience that the Green Card is not a legal requirement. However, you should contact your insurance company before you go & check that you are covered to drive in mainland Europe (you should be OK for visits of up to 40 days).

That said, I always ask my insurance company to send me a green card when I travel, as it comes in many languages & is more recognisable & understandable to foreign police than the standard UK insurance certificate. Your insurance company will provide you with one free of charge - if they don't then change companies!
I previously worked for Esure. You need a green card if you are looking for fully comprehensive cover while you are there, otherwise you will only be insured third party. This could be different dependant on your insurance provider though.

Also read a post about hazard triangles and green fluorescent jackets on here.. Not sure if they are a legal requirement for driving in France now..
Just a quick bump. They are compulsory and you can get in loads of trouble if you dont have trianle, jacket and replacement bulbs.
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