If you plan to take your van overseas you need an insurance policy that gives you the right cover.

All insurers must give you at least third party van insurance when you drive in any European Union (EU) country, but this only the most basic level of cover.

Extended European van insurance

To get the same protection in Europe as you have in the UK, you may need to extend your policy to include European van insurance.

For example, if you have fully comprehensive van insurance, it gives you comprehensive cover when you drive in Europe too.

Some insurers include this cover as standard, but most offer it as an optional extra you need to pay for. Use this comparison to find a policy that offers European van insurance.

Find the right policy

To get the right European cover for your van, think about:

  • The length of your trip: Most policies only cover trips up to a certain length, so think about how long you will use your van abroad. This comparison shows the maximum trip each insurer offers.

  • Your van: Find a policy that can cover the type of van you use. For example, some insurers do not cover vans over a certain value or weight.

  • Other cover options: Work out if you need to add any other cover options to your policy like breakdown cover, replacement vehicle or commercial use protection.

Once you know what cover you need from your van insurance, shop around and compare as many quotes as possible to find the right policy at the cheapest price.

European van insurance FAQs

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Am I covered to drive in Europe?

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Yes, all van insurance policies give you third party cover to drive in Europe. You can usually extend your cover; find out how to add European cover here.

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What European countries are covered?

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All European Union (EU) countries and other destinations like Andorra and Switzerland. The policy documents will outline which countries are included.

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Will I have breakdown cover in Europe?

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No, only if you have added European breakdown cover to your policy, or taken out a standalone European breakdown policy.

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Can I get temporary European van insurance?

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Yes, some insurers offer short term van insurance that allows you to drive abroad. You can compare short term van insurance here.

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Do I need a Green Card to drive in Europe?

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Most countries do not require you to have a Green Card. However, you need a Green Card in Belarus, Russia, Turkey and Morocco.

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Is van insurance different to car insurance?

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Both types of policy cover the same things, however van insurance can protect vehicles used commercially and cover their contents, e.g. tools.

About our van insurance comparison

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Who do we include in this comparison?

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We include European van insurance policies available from our panel of insurers and brokers. They are all regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Here is more information about how our website works.

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How do we make money from our comparison?

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We have commercial agreements with some of the companies in this comparison and get paid commission if we help you take out one of their products or services. Find out more here.

You do not pay any extra and the deal you get is not affected.