Compare short term european car insurance

Compare short term European cover with these insurers that can offer more than basic third party protection when you're driving abroad.

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Safely Insured Short Term Car Insurance
European cover
Third party only as standard
Policy term
1 day to 84 days
Standard excess
£500
Safely Insured compares quotes from the UK’s leading temporary insurers, you can find the right policy for a price that suits you. Comprehensive cover from 1-84 days for drivers between the ages of 19-75, Also offering Impound & Learner Driver Cover.
This is an insurance broker.
Eligibility
Available Direct
Available Online
Minimum Age19 years
Maximum Age76 years
Permanent UK Resident
Sterling Short-Term Car Insurance
European cover
Third party only as standard
Policy term
1 day to 30 days
Standard excess
Varies
Download Sterling's short term app. Sterling's temporary car and van insurance offers the same protection and level of cover of an annual policy, and is brilliant value for money. Sterling covers a wide variety of vehicles and drivers aged 21 or over.
This is an insurance broker.
Eligibility
Available Direct
Available Online
Minimum Age21 years
Maximum Age79 years
Permanent UK Resident
dayinsure.com Short Term Car Insurance
European cover
Third party only as standard
Policy term
1 hour to 30 days
Standard excess
£250
For peace of mind all dayinsure's temporary insurance policies are underwritten by Aviva, their key partner, or other insurers and breakdown cover is provided by RAC. Dayinsure covers drivers aged 18 to 75 and is available for Cars, Vans and Motorhomes.
Eligibility
Available Direct
Available Online
Minimum Age18 years
Maximum Age75 years
Permanent UK Resident

Last updated: 31 March 2021

When should you use short term European cover?

If you want to drive abroad for a few days or weeks and don't have European driving cover on your comprehensive annual policy, temporary European car insurance can be an affordable way of getting the protection you need.

Do I need short-term European car insurance cover?

You will need a short term European car insurance cover if you:

  • Want to share driving someone else's car on holiday

  • Borrow a car to drive abroad on your own

Before you start comparing quotes check what cover you might need when driving abroad.

Do I need a Green Card to get short-term European car insurance cover?

A Green Card will be required if you are driving your vehicle in the EU on or after 1 January 2021, the day that the UK left the European Union.

Most insurers require notice to issue you with a Green Card if one is required.

So if you need temporary European car insurance cover, you need to plan ahead.

Does my annual car insurance policy include temporary European cover?

Most UK car insurance policies provide minimum third-party cover to drive in other European Union (EU) countries, but this will only cover other drivers' costs, so you may want to get a separate comprehensive policy.

How long will I need temporary European car insurance cover for?

Temporary car insurance is calculated per day. You don't want to pay more than you need to, but you want to be covered for the whole time that you'll be driving the car, so consider the following:

If you are going away consider:

  • How many days you will be away for

  • How long will you need the car before and after the trip

  • For example, if you are staying in France for seven days, but plan to drive to and from your destination which will take one day each way, you will need nine days of cover

A short-term European car insurance policy usually lasts between one and 28 days. If you need longer than this consider an annual car insurance policy with European cover.

Here is everything you need to know about short term insurance.

Can you upgrade your cover to include short-term car insurance?

Yes, all policies offer basic third-party level cover, but some insurers give you the option of extending it.

Not all car insurance companies offer this, however, so use our comparison to find the insurers that can upgrade your policy.

Temporary European car insurance FAQs

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