How will Brexit affect holidays?

All the information you need to help you prepare for travel after 1st January 2021 can be found here.

Travel Documents:  You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021. On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

•           have at least 6 months left

•           Must be less than 10 years old

•           When travelling to Ireland, your passport just needs to be valid for the length of your stay

Visa: You will not need a visa to enter the EU if you’re going on holiday or staying for a short break. UK Passports holders will not need a visa to travel to the EU for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. The same vice versa: holders of Irish and EU member state passports will not need a visa to travel to the UK.

You may need a visa or permit to stay for a longer period, to work or study, or for business travel.

Driving Documents: Check to see if you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for the countries you’re visiting. An IDP cost’s £5.50 and can be purchased from the Post Office. Certain countries may also require you to have a green card which you can get from your insurance company, proof of insurance, and a GB sticker. You may need an additional green card if you want to tow a caravan or trailer. Ensure that you have organised breakdown cover. For further information can be found here.  

Travel & Health Insurance: You should continue to get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad. From 11th January 2021 UK residents will now be able to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

Under Britain's new agreement with the EU, UK residents' rights to emergency and medically necessary healthcare will continue when travelling in the EU. This includes medically necessary treatment for pre-existing or chronic condition.  Current European Heath Insurance Cards (EHIC) are valid as long as they are in date and people can continue to use these when travelling to the EU. Further information can be found on the UK Government website here.

Food & Drink - Plants & Plant Products: From 23:00 on 31st December, people travelling from Great Britain to the EU and EEA countries with plants and plant products, as well as products of animal origin (POAO) - such as anything containing meat or dairy - will need to consume or dispose of them before or at the EU border. The rules will apply for food and drink for personal consumption (as opposed to commercially traded), whether carried in luggage, vehicles, or on their person. These rules apply to all non-EU/EEA countries and are designed to protect biosecurity.

There are exceptions to this rule for certain quantities of powdered infant milk, infant food, special foods or special processed pet feed required for medical reasons, confectionary, and other items below a certain dairy threshold.

If passengers fail to dispose or declare their products, then the EU may enforce a fine or prosecute. 

 Additional guidance for passengers can be found through the Visit Europe government page.

From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme, instead you’ll need to follow a different process. Find out how to prepare for travel with your pet to any EU country or *Northern Ireland here.

*The new pet passport scheme will be applied for travel to Northern Ireland from the 1st July 2021.

Visit our Brexit page for more details.

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