We completely understand our members’ trepidation in light of recent Brexit developments. However, there are a few certainties to put your mind at ease if you’re concerned about travelling between the UK and the EU in the next few months. For a comprehensive breakdown of European travel after Brexit, visit the gov.uk website. Or read the following summary…
DEAL OR NO DEAL (OR EXTENSION)
If a deal is made – or if an extension to find a deal is agreed – before 12 April, there will be no changes to how UK passport holders enter the EU or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland until at least 31 December 2020. In the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on 12 April, the following areas may be affected for UK passport holders:
NEW PASSPORT RULES
- There may be longer wait times at airports as staff adjust to new customs arrangements.
- Additional time may be needed for passport and security checks.
- UK passport holders might need to have at least 6 months of validity remaining from the date they arrive in the EU. You can check here.
- Any adult passport older than 9 years and 6 months may not be accepted for entry.
- If you do need to renew your passport, you can get the process started here.
Even if there’s no deal, you will not need a visa for short trips, according to European Commission proposals. You could stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
In the event of a ‘no deal’, drivers taking their own vehicle would need to have:
- an international driving permit (IDP), even when renting a car for a short trip (you can get this over the counter in participating Post Offices for £5.50)
- a free ‘green card’ (allow one month to get this from your car insurance company)
- a GB sticker for your car
FLIGHTS, EUROSTAR, FERRIES AND COACHES
Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said flights, Eurostar trains, coaches and ferries to and from the UK will operate as normal.
TRAVEL INSURANCE AND HEALTH
- Travellers may have to take out additional insurance to include medical treatment, depending on the country of travel.
- Travellers with an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be valid. It’s important to check that your travel insurance covers your condition. You may have to find a specialist insurer to cover you, depending on your condition.
If there’s no deal, you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme. Instead, you’ll need to follow a different process, which could take four months. Find out more about pet travel post-Brexit here.