Foreign travel

Keeping you moving while abroad

Need to take your LeasePlan vehicle abroad?

Whether it's for a business meeting, a weekend away or a holiday, travelling abroad with a car or van is even more accessible than ever with a growing number of European train and ferry connections.

There are a few things that your drivers need to know, and do in advance prior to leaving the country to ensure that they are safe and legal whilst driving abroad.

What's included?

LeasePlan Assist Europe is included within our 'with maintenance' agreements, Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, drivers can feel safe in the knowledge that in the event of an incident, help is just a phone call away. Cover is available throughout Continental Europe (west of the Urals), Mediterranean Islands, Turkey and Eire.

Taking your LeasePlan vehicle abroad

  1. Obtain written authorisation from the registered owner

    Prior to travelling, you will need to ensure you have appropriate paperwork to comply with European legislation. You will require written authorisation from the registered owner - known as a letter of authority and a VE103.

    This must be done at least 2 weeks prior to travel.

    You will need to take copies of these with you. A fee may be charged for obtaining foreign travel vehicle documents to cover the supply and administration required.


  2. Insurance certificate

    Check that you have fully comprehensive insurance. This is essential for all drivers, whether you are travelling for business or pleasure.

  3. Go through our driver checklist

    Our driver checklist has some handy tips to help make sure you have everything you need which can be found below.

Driver's foreign travel checklist



Consider giving your car a maintenance check before you head off to help improve fuel economy and avoid any preventable accidents.


Driving licence and passport

Ensure your driver licence and passport are valid and up to date


UK Identifier

Make sure your UK sticker is clearly displayed on the rear of your vehicle. You can no longer display a GB symbol.


Travelling with kids

Check the safety and compliance rules on car seats for each country before you set off.


EU Emissions Zones

Many cities across Europe now operate low emission zones and congestion charge schemes.


Legal requirements

Be aware of country-specific driving laws.


Taking pets

If you're planning to travel with a pet, such as a dog or cat, make sure you're familiar with official rules and advice.


Breakdown cover

Make sure you save the LeasePlan Assist European partner telephone number in your mobile phone for peace of mind.

    Are you travelling within 2 weeks?

    We appreciate that plans can change at the last minute - and drivers may not be able to provide 2 weeks notice. If this is the case we will do our best to assist. You can complete the form to request urgent documents or contact a member of our Foreign Travel team on the DriverLine.

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