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Green Card – International Motor Insurance Card

As you are aware, Great Britain and Northern Ireland officially left the EU on 31st January 2020 and the transition period for this exit process ended on 31st December 2020.

Travel to Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The original position of the British Government was that anyone driving an Irish registered vehicle in Great Britain and Northern Ireland would require a Green Card if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit. 
However, on 23rd August 2019, the MIBI announced that Green Cards would no longer be a requirement for travel in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, if you have a valid Irish insurance certificate & disc for your Irish registered vehicle.

More recently, the European Commission made the decision to allow the UK enter the Green Card Free Circulation zone and this takes effect from 2 August 2021 which means that Green Cards will no longer be required for UK (including NI) registered vehicles entering Ireland and the rest of the EU.

Travel to any other non EU Country
For travel to any other non EU country where a Green Card is still a current requirement, you should submit your Green Card request in one of the following ways:

  • If you are insured with us directly, you should send your request by email to greencards@libertyinsurance.ie stating your policy reference number and the country that you are planning to travel to and we will issue one to you.
  • If you are insured with us through a Broker, you should contact your Broker and they will arrange a Green Card for you.

Your request will be processed and issued within the 3-5 working days, as per current practice. 

The information below will give you some further understanding of what a Green Card is and in what circumstances it may be issued.

What is a Green Card?

  • A Green Card is an internationally recognised insurance document which provides proof of the minimum compulsory motor insurance cover required by the country you are visiting.
  • It is a hard copy document which is printed on green paper or with a green background.
  • A Green Card demonstrates to relevant authorities that the vehicle being driven in their jurisdiction has valid motor insurance cover.
  • A Green Card is not required when driving in any of the 48 countries who are participating members of the system.
  • A Green Card is also not required when driving in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, if your Irish registered vehicle has a valid Irish motor insurance certificate and disc.
  • Further details on the Green Card system, including a full list of the 48 participating countries can be found via the following link https://www.cobx.org/.

Why would I need one?

  • A Green Card is currently a legal requirement if you are driving in any country that does not belong to the Green Card system.
  • A Green Card will not be required for driving in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland if your Irish registered vehicle has a valid Irish motor insurance certificate and disc.

When would I need one?

  • A Green Card is currently a legal requirement if you are driving in any country that does not belong to the Green Card system.

Is this just for Liberty Insurance or does it apply to all insurers?

  • The Green Card system applies to all motor insurers.

What level of insurance cover will I have if I drive in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland after 31st December 2020?

  • Currently a Liberty Insurance motor customer will have the same level of cover in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as they do in the Republic of Ireland.