Since 28 September 2021, British drivers who are taking their car outside of the UK, must remove or cover up old-style GB stickers on their cars. Instead, they should display a UK sticker or have the UK identifier on their number plate.
If a number plate includes the UK identified with the Union flag (also known as the ‘Union Jack’), a UK sticker is not typically needed. However, drivers will need to display a UK sticker on the back of their vehicle if their number place has:
a GB identified with the Union flag
a Euro symbol
a national flag of England, Scotland or Wales
numbers and letters only with no flag or identifier
If you’re driving in Spain, Cyprus or Malta, you must display a UK sticker regardless of what is on your number plate. Note that if you’re driving in Ireland, you do not need a UK sticker or licence plate.
For more information, see the government’s guidance.