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Travellers reminded of Brexit-led changes to driving in Europe

Travellers reminded of Brexit-led changes to driving in Europe

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Travellers reminded of Brexit-led changes to driving in Europe


Islanders intending to drive to and through Europe should be aware of changes made since Brexit.

With travel happening more frequently following the pandemic, Islanders are reminded to make note of the changes that have ensued since Brexit.

Islanders driving to and through Europe should be aware of the following:

  • While UK vehicle identifiers (by the way of number plate stickers) will be changing from ‘GB’ to ‘UK’ from 28 September 2021, Guernsey and Alderney will remain with GBG and GBA respectively.
  • International Driving Permits (IDPs) are no longer required for driving in France and several other EU countries. However, we are aware of some European hire car companies still requesting an IDPs despite them not technically being required. Therefore, travellers may wish to obtain an IDP anyway if intending to hire a vehicle.

In conjunction with the UK Department for Transport, the States of Guernsey has secured agreements with the majority of EU/EEA countries.

Most countries (including France) will recognise a Bailiwick of Guernsey-issued Driving Licence when driving temporarily in Europe without the need for an IDP to be issued. 

Please note that for peace of mind, especially if you are looking to hire a car abroad, you can still obtain an IDP from Drive and Vehicle Licensing at Bulwer Avenue either by attending in person or by sending in a postal application.

The post-Brexit situation for driving in the EU continues to evolve as negotiations continue.

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