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Temporary European Van Insurance

Get a quote to insure your van to drive in Europe in 90 seconds

Why choose our temporary european van insurance?

From 1-28 days. You only pay for the cover you want and only when you need it.
Drive away cover while waiting for your annual policy.
Protects your no claims discount. Fully comp insurance for peace of mind.

What is temporary European van insurance?

Want more room on your European road trip or just need to transport large items across the continent – you need a van. If you don’t have a van you can easily find the insurance you need to borrow one or share the driving duty with temporary European van insurance.

Short term van insurance European cover is a simple, straightforward insurance option when you need to borrow a van to drive abroad for a short period. You get the insurance you need from 1 hour up to 28 days. It can help cut costs on long trips without impacting No Claims Discounts.

Whether you just need cover for a day or longer with weekly van insurance, you can find a policy to suit your needs with temporary European van insurance.

How does temporary European van insurance work?

It’s incredibly quick and easy to get temporary European van insurance. You just need to provide a little bit of information about you (or the driver you want to insure), your van and when you want the policy to begin and for how long. To get you covered and on the road as quickly as possible, we ask for the minimum information required to provide cover. These include:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your address
  • Your licence type
  • Your occupation
  • Your vans reg
  • Your estimated vans value

Once you’ve entered all the relevant details, if we can cover you, you’ll see the price of your policy and you’re just a few clicks away from being covered. You’ll receive all your policy documents via email as soon as you buy and then you’re covered for the time you selected.

Once your policy ends, that’s it. If you need another policy, simply follow the same simple process.

What does temporary European van insurance cover?

With temporary European van insurance cover from Tempcover, you get the minimum cover required by law in the country you’re driving it. To ensure you’re properly covered, make sure you know which countries you’ll be driving in and what the minimum level of cover you’ll receive is.

In many European countries, this will be third-party-only which means that the following will be covered when driving in Europe:

  • Third-party injury to a passenger or a person in another car
  • Damage to another person’s car
  • Damage to another person’s property

While you’re driving in the UK, you will receive fully comprehensive cover as standard which will include cover for:

  • Fully comprehensive insurance on policies from 1 hour to 28 days
  • Accidental and malicious damage to your van
  • Loss or damage to your van caused by fire, theft, or attempted theft
  • Legal liabilities for injury or damage to another person or their property
  • Personal belongings (definitions may differ by insurer)

Tempcover works with a panel of insurers to ensure we can provide temporary car insurance for as many drivers as possible. Because of this, full details of cover may differ depending on the insurer. Please double-check the policy wording before purchasing to confirm what is specifically covered in your policy.

Am I eligible for temporary European van insurance?

It’s very likely you’ll be able to get short term van insurance European cover with Tempcover because we work with a panel of insurers to provide cover to a range of drivers. If you meet the following criteria, you can expect to be eligible for temporary European van insurance:

To get temporary van insurance, you must

To get temporary van insurance, your van must

Be aged 17-77 years old Be valued between £1,500 and £65,000
Hold a UK or EU driving licence Be in a roadworthy condition with a current and valid MOT (unless you are using the insurance policy to take the vehicle to a pre-booked MOT)
Have been a permanent UK resident for the last 12 months The vehicle must be taxed (unless you are using the insurance policy to obtain tax for the vehicle immediately after purchase)
Have no more than 7 licence points in the last 3 years No modifications, other than the addition of manufacturer’s optional extras; signage, roof racks, ply lining or interior storage etc. and those designed to aid disabled drivers
Have not been disqualified from driving for the last 2 years Be a right-hand-drive van
Have had no more than 2 fault claims in the last 3 years Have no more than 5 seats
Have no criminal convictions Not weigh more than 7.5 tonnes
Not have had a previous policy of insurance declared void by an insurer

What other vehicles can I get temporary cover for?

Temporary insurance is available for a range of circumstances and vehicles including different types of vans. For driving in Europe, temporary insurance can be an ideal way to save time and money.

If you plan on driving in Europe, you could choose one oFind out more about our range of temporary policies to get the right cover for your situation:


Get 1 hour to 28 days temporary van insurance in 90 seconds

Frequently Asked Questions about European Van Insurance

Can I use my van in Europe?

Yes, in most instances you are able to use your van while driving in Europe. Currently, with a temporary van insurance policy from Tempcover, you are able to drive your van in Europe for the duration of the policy – providing that the vehicle is in the UK at the beginning and end of the policy.

While driving in Europe, you will receive the minimum cover required by law in the country you’re driving in. To ensure you’re properly covered, make sure you know which countries you’ll be driving in and what the minimum level of cover you’ll receive is.

If you’re planning on hiring a car, you’ll need hire car insurance instead which is currently unavailable with Tempcover.

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What do I need to know about driving my van in Europe?

While driving to Europe is pretty straightforward these days, you will still need to remember important documents and rules for driving in Europe. For your trip to Europe, remember you will need to have the following documents with you:

  • Your full and valid driving licence
  • Your passport
  • Proof of insurance to drive the vehicle
  • V5C certificate
  • European breakdown cover documents

Aside from documentation, you will also need to have some equipment with you to ensure you follow European driving law. The required equipment you will need include:

  • Reflective jackets
  • A warning triangle
  • Headlamp deflectors
  • GB car stickers
  • First aid kit (compulsory in Austria, France and Germany)

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Does normal temporary van insurance cover Europe?

Yes, when buying normal temporary van insurance you will be automatically covered to drive in Europe. It’s important to remember that because we work with a panel of insurers, each insurer may differ on cover details. Before driving in Europe, please double check your policy wording.

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Customer satisfaction

 Tempcover has provided temporary vehicle insurance to hundreds of thousands of drivers for over 15 years.

We’re currently rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot and have over 27,000 reviews, with over 80% of reviewers giving us 5 stars!

We’ve been recognised for our work with plenty of awards

We work directly with insurers to provide you with short-term insurance to suit your needs
VISA, Mastercard, AMEX
You can pay for your short term insurance policy in several ways. Using our secure payment system, you can use the following payment methods:
VISA, Mastercard, AMEX

After you’ve bought your policy, your documents will be emailed to you instantly so there’s no waiting around.

The cover you need for the duration you want

Full cover, no impact

Get fully comprehensive cover on our standard short term policies - plus it won't affect your no claims discount

Hourly, daily, weekly

Choose the duration you want with 1-12 hour and 1-28 day cover available - don't pay for cover you don't need

All customised, nothing added

Customise your policy to suit your specific situation - get the policy you want and even choose the minute you want your policy to begin

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