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International speed cameras when travelling abroad

In the UK there are many speed cameras used to enforce the road speed limit. The SpeedCamerasUK.com speed camera database is online and highlights the different speed cameras in use on UK roads. When you travel outside of the UK there are different speed cameras and differing laws regarding the use of speed camera detectors.

Driving in France

In France, if you are caught in possession of a speed camera detector, you will be fined and most likely made to drive over the speed camera detection device. This includes sat navs which also include speed camera locations. Even if you are not using the GPS, radar or laser speed camera detection device you will face a fine and your vehicle may also be confiscated and the device will be seized too. You cannot legally jam the speed cameras in France either. Garmin satnavs use a Cyclops speed camera database that features locations for high risk zones which is legal to use in your vehicle as they do not tell you where the actual speed camera locations are. With speed camera detectors abroad in France the high risk zones are featured on the Snooper 4ZERO and you can disable the use of the radar and laser parts of the device so they ae inactive.

Driving in Spain

Radar and laser speed camera detection in Spain is illegal and you will be fined for using a speed camera detection device. You may however use GPS devices that warn you of speed cameras in Spain and the Spanish government actively promotes their database of fixed speed cameras in a FREE app.

Driving in Italy

Radar and laser speed camera detection in Italy is illegal and you will be fined for using a speed camera detection device. You may however use GPS devices that warn you of speed cameras in Italy.

Driving in Germany

You cannot legally use speed camera detection devices when driving in Germany. You will face a fine if caught using a speed camera detector in Germany.

Driving in the United States

Speed cameras are used in the US to catch speeding motorists (click here to view the Gasto USA website). Red light cameras are also used in many US States because many motorists cause accidents when jumping red lights in the US. Radar speed guns and other technologies have also helped to decrease the number of accidents across the United States.

Want a speed camera detector to use in the USA and Canada? The Cheetah c550 offers a speed camera database for these countries.

To see the US States and the different speed cameras in use click here to view the official map.

It is legal to use a speed cameras detector on the roads in the United States.

Red light jumping is a problem that contributes to many accidents in the United States. Below are two videos highlighting this problem. For this reason US States use red light cameras to help lower the number of accidents caused by red light runners in the US.

Speed cameras detectors

Buy a speed camera detector that features speed camera coverage worlwide. The Snooper 4 ZERO Elite BT is a leading speed camera detector that provides a speed camera database for the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA).

The Cheetah c550 offers USA and Canada, UK and Europe or Australia and New Zealand speed camera databases.

In France the Snooper 4Zero will only warn you of high risk zones and not actual speed camera locations as it is illegal to be warned of speed cameras on French roads. You will also need to disable the radar and laser detectors whilst driving in France which can be done in the settings menu.

Speed Camera Detector Questions and Answers

Question: Can you recommend a detector for the 'GoSafe' camera vans in the Republic of Ireland?

I probably should be considering the my-speed xl device, but having a warning of a GoSafe van would be helpful. can you advise?

Answer: The Snooper MY-SPEED XL uses a GPS database of fixed and mobile speed camera locations.

However, the Snooper 4ZERO Elite BT not only has a GPS database of fixed and mobile speed camera locations, but also features a built-in radar and laser detector.

I don't know what technology is being used in 'GoSafe' camera vans in the republic of Ireland. But here in the UK, mobile speed cameras vans mainly using laser, with occasional radar based equipment.

The Snooper 4ZERO is our best selling device to customers in the Republic of Ireland. Delivery to Ireland is priced at £14.99 via our online basket.

Question: Are these detectors also usable outside the UK? Like in the Netherlands, Belgium, Swiss and Germany. What is the best detector to cover everything. Now I have a detector from COBRA but this one is absolute terrible because 75% of the alarms are false and if he is correct then he warns 10meter before. Hopefully you can help me out to choose the right one.

Answer: I would recommend that you consider two speed camera detectors:

1. Snooper 4 ZERO Elite BT

Countries included in the AURA database are: UK and Ireland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Romania, Russia, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.

The Snooper 4ZERO Elite BT also features radar and laser detection.

Snooper 4ZERO Elite BT

2. Cheetah c550

The Cheetah c550 uses the Trinity 3.0 database, you can choose from the following regions:

Region ONE - United Kingdom (UK) and Europe:

UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Please note: Republic of Ireland locations are included in both the UK and Europe datasets.

Europe: Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.

Region TWO - North America: USA and Canada.

Region THREE - Australasia: Australia and New Zealand.

Finally, while speed camera detectors are 100% legal to use in the UK, this is NOT the case for all other countries. We therefore strongly recommend that you satisfy yourself with local law in the country that you intend to use.


Question: Will any of these units work to detect laser and radar speed cameras in South Africa?

Answer: All of the radar/laser speed camera detectors we sell are optimised for use in the UK and Europe. We therefore cannot say whether devices such as the Snooper 4ZERO Elite BT which features GPS, radar and laser detection will detect (via radar/laser) all camera operating in South Africa.

What I can I can say is that the Snooper 4ZERO Elite BT uses a GPS database called AURA and that database features cameras in South Africa.

Countries included in the AURA database are: UK and Ireland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Romania, Russia, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.

AURA database subscription is available FREE for the Snooper 4ZERO Elite BT and can be updated wirelessly via a Bluetooth device with data, compatible Windows PC or compatible Apple MAC.

You can purchase the Snooper 4ZERO Elite BT speed camera detector here.

Question: I live in France and the kilometer markings on my speedo are impossible to see, so is there a small device available which will give me a constant read out of my speed?

Answer: For use in France I'd recommend the product called the Snooper MY-SPEED XL.

Question: If I buy a speed camera detector will they work in Saudi Arabia?

Answer: We don't know which devices Police use in Saudi Arabia, we therefore don't know whether the detectors we sell will be effective or not. In addition, the use of radar/laser detector may be illegal to use in Saudi Arabia.

Certainly what I can say is the detectors we sell are optimised for Police devices and fixed/mobile speed camera locations in the UK and Europe. Their usage in the UK is 100% legal, read more.

Other useful information for foreign travel
Currency exchange rates

View the latest exchange rates for your currency exchange needs such as travel money. Are you travelling abroad and need to convert money to a foreign currency? Use the currency converter, currency charts and you can also make international money transfers. You will find currency converters in many satellite navigation systems too - if you are unsure how to access the currency conversion tool on your Garmin satellite navigation system click here to read more.

Caravan and Camping sites in the UK and Europe

Visit The Caravan Club to find caravan sites across the UK and Europe for your European holiday. You will also find Ferry Crossing information for trips from the UK to Europe. You will find the Caravan and Camping data within many sat navs including the Snooper range sold here at SpeedCamerasUK.com.

Airport car parks

Booked your flight abroad and need to park your car at the airport? Visit www.Airport-Car-Parks.co.uk and search for all UK airport car parks including prices, navigation directions and more.

International calling and UK area codes

Travelling abroad and need to call back to the UK? Or do need to call abroad from the UK? Find the dial codes you need when calling internationally at www.dialcodes.co.uk. Also features a guide on how to call abroad from a telephone or mobile phone.

Last updated: 11th September 2023