How does Brexit affect travel?

After 31 January 2020 there will be a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. So for now, it is business as usual!

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period. You, your family or your business can take some actions now to prepare for 2021. All the information you need to help you prepare for travel after 1st January 2021 can be found here.

Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change from 1 January 2021.

Things you may need to do before you go include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance that covers your healthcare
  • check you have the right driving documents
  • organise pet travel - contact your vet at least 4 months before you go

Pets: 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, which can take 4 months. Find out how to prepare for travel with your pet to any EU country from 1 January 2021 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
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Travel Insurance: You should continue to get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad. From 1 January 2021 your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card might not be valid.

Driving and other transport: You’ll need some extra documents to drive in the EU from 1 January 2021. You’ll need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in some countries. Check to see if you need an IDP here.

If you’re taking your vehicle, you’ll also need:

  • a ‘green card’ - allow 1 month to get this from your vehicle insurance company
  • GB sticker

Keep up to date with all the latest Brexit travel advice here or alternatively visit our Brexit page for more information.




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