Driving abroad

You may be driving abroad for a holiday, or need to attend a meeting across the border. Whatever the purpose, it is important to check a few things before you set off, and also that you have the right documents.

Driving abroad and COVID-19

Before going abroad with your car during the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend that you first and foremost check the travel advise for your countries of interest from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Danish). Furthermore, we recommend that you take all the necessary precautions and follow all instructions from the local authorities in the countries you drive through or in.

Registration certificate

You must carry part 1 of the registration certificate while you are abroad. It documents the vehicle's registration to foreign authorities. Note that SKAT (the Danish Tax Administration) has a processing time of around 3 weeks for issuing registration certificates.

If you need to drive abroad before you receive the original registration certificate, you must have a power of attorney and an application form for a limited registration certificate, both of which you can order from us. 

You will then need to take the power of attorney, the application and ID showing which company you are employed by, to a tax centre, in person, and be issued with a limited registration certificate. The limited registration certificate costs DKK 100.

Do not leave the registration certificate in the glove compartment, or in the car at all.

You can order a registration certificate by logging into my.ald.dk.

Red card

A red card must be brought on trips abroad, but it does not have to be in paper. You can download the SOS International app and bring the red card digitally through the app, or you can print the card from SOS International's website. The red card has no expiration date. 

The red card includes information about the emergency call center SOS International, which can be contacted 24 hours a day in case of an emergency or a breakdown. The card documents your car's comprehensive insurance and entitles you to road assistance, provision of spare parts, salvaging, help to start your car etc. In case of serious issues, the card entitles you to payment of unforeseen hotel stays and the like.

Read more about the full coverage of the red card on SOS International's app or website.

When should you not contact SOS

  • For autoglass damage (cracked window, including windscreen) contact Carglass on +45 70 11 99 11, and they will take it from there.
  • For minor damage that can be repaired in the course of one working day, punctures, starting problems, towing, etc. please contact Falck Vejservice on tel.no. +45 80 24 00 00.
  • For minor repairs that you have initially paid for, remember to save the receipt, which you must send to us with a brief report.
  • If you are not sure what to do, please call the Insurance Department on +45 33 55 80 60 within normal office hours (8am to 4.30pm).

Green card

You no longer have to bring the green card when travelling within the EU or in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Andorra, and Serbia. However, if you are travelling in a country on this list, you still need to bring the green card.

The green card is documentation for other countries' authorities and proof that your car's public liability insurance is paid and covers the legislation of the specific country you are travelling in.

If you are insured through ALD Insurance, you can order the green card by contacting us on +45 33 55 80 60 or at forsikring.dk@aldautomotive.com. If you are insured elsewhere, please contact your insurance company to order the green card. A green card is valid for 1 year. You are responsible for renewing the card when it expires.

Mandatory environmental labels for environmental zones in Europe

A number of European cities can prohibit cars from entering environmental zones if they do not carry a special environmental label. On FDM's website you can read more, and also order the environmental label online.

Safety equipment

Since different countries' legislation varies, there may be questions about the correct car equipment while driving in Europe. This makes it a good idea to investigate which equipment is mandatory in the countries you drive in. Read more here.

Rules for use of winter tyres, studded tyres and snow chains, etc. abroad

In some other European countries, winter tyres are mandatory in certain periods. If you make frequent trips abroad, or go on skiing holidays, you should read more about the rules for using winter tyres, studded tyres and snow chains in Europe. Read more here.

Notifying claims abroad

The joint European claims report has been translated into several European languages. This can be a great help if you are involved in a car accident abroad. You can find the joint European claims report or download the app here.