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Eurotunnel > Driving Requirements in France


Driving Requirements in France

Important Information:

You will still be able to drive in the EU after Brexit and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle will still be the quickest and easiest way to get to France by car.

Up until 29 March 2019, UK drivers licences will continue to be 100% valid throughout the EU for holidaymakers and business travellers alike, with no extra documentation required. British citizens living in EU nations are also free to exchange their UK licence for one from their new home country.

After the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, these rights may change; dependent on the outcome of the current negotiations.

Should this change, one of the most likely outcomes will be that UK licence holders looking to drive in the EU would be required to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) before doing so, similar to the current system for UK visitors to countries such as the USA.

If IDPs are introduced, they will simply be an additional document to be carried alongside your valid UK driving licence, and which you would need to successfully apply for and secure prior to your date of travel.

The type of IDP you would need would depend on which EU countries you are intending to drive in and costs £5.50. More information on how and where to obtain an International Drivers Permit for your trip can be found here.

Drivers must also obtain a physical Green Card that proves they have car insurance and that it is valid in the EU. This can be done through their insurance company and more information about it can be found here.


To ensure a smooth and safe journey when driving to Disneyland® Paris please take note of the following tips for driving in France. 


What to bring:

mickey A full, valid UK driving licence is required. Due to new updates from the DVLA the paper counterpart is no longer required and this includes when travelling on the Continent. You must be be 18 years or over to drive in France. 


mickey A GB sticker to display in the rear windscreen and your motor insurance certificate. GB stickers are compulsory within the EU unless your UK registration plates display the GB Euro-symbol (Europlates) which became a legal option from 21 March 2001. The Europlate must comply with the new British Standard (BS AU 145d). The Europlate is only legally recognised in the EU; it is still a requirement to display a GB sticker when travelling outside the EU. 


mickey A breathalyser - you are required to carry a self-test breathalyser when driving in France but there is no current legislation demanding a fine for non-compliance. The official text states that one unused breathalyser must be produced. We recommend that 2 single-use breathalysers are carried, so that if one is used or damaged, you will still have a replacement to produce. 


mickey A warning triangle and reflective jacket for use in a breakdown. Without these you risk being fined around €90. Minimum of one reflective jacket. The jacket must be within reach of the driver without having to exit the vehicle. 


mickey Headlamp converters (for driving on the right) are compulsory to prevent dazzling drivers coming the other way. The legal requirement is to 'not dazzle oncoming drivers' rather than specifically to adjust/convert the headlamp beam pattern. Without adjustment the dipped beam will dazzle oncoming drivers and this could result in a fine. 


What NOT to bring:

mickey Radar detectors are illegal in France. If you are caught with one you risk fines of up to €1,500. Satnav and GPS systems which show where speed cameras are located are also illegal so make sure this function is disabled or removed completely from your device. 


Ready to drive in France?

mickey As in the UK, wearing front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted. It's illegal for children under 10 to ride in the front of the vehicle. Children under 10 must be in the back seat and in a child seat if they weigh less than 15kg. Over this weight they can use a seat belt with a booster seat.


mickey The main thing to remember is that people drive on the right-hand side of the road in France. 



Driving Directions to Disneyland® Paris

For anyone travelling to Disneyland® Paris by road from Calais, please see below our summarised driving instructions to help you to plan your route.


Calais, France - Disneyland® Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France

Approx 180 miles - 3 hr Travel Time


 1   Head Southeast Go through roundabout 1 0.6 miles
 2   At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the N216 ramp to A16/A26/Paris/Reims/Saint-Omer/Dunkerque 0.3 miles
 3   Merge onto N216 2.3 miles
 4   Continue onto A216 1.0 miles
 5   Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Saint-Omer/Arras/Reims/Paris and merge onto A26 (Partial toll road) 65.1 miles
 6   Take the exit toward A1 (Toll Road) 0.4 miles
 7   Keep left at the fork, follow signs for A1/E15/Arras-Est/Paris and merge onto strong Partial toll road 96.3 miles
 8   Slight right onto A3 1.0 miles
 9   Take the exit onto A104 toward Lyon/Marne-la-Vallée 5.5 miles
 10   Slight right to stay on A104 9.5 Miles
 11   Take the N34 exit toward Marne-la-Vallée/Lagny-sur-Marne/Coulommiers/Val-de-Lagny 0.4 miles
 12   Merge onto D934 5.2 miles
 13   Turn right onto D344 0.1 miles
 14   At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Bd de l'Europe/D344 1.2 miles
 15   At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Av. Robert Schuman 0.3 miles
 16   Turn right  


Please Note:-

This recommended route is designed as a guide. We recommend checking route planners online such as Google Maps for specific directions with maps. We consider this to be the quickest and easiest (but not necessarily the shortest) route, based on average off-peak driving conditions. If you find an error or omission, please let us know so we can correct it for future users. No representation is made or guarantee given as to the content or usability of these directions, and we assume no responsibility for any loss or delay resulting from use of these directions.


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