Brexit and travel

Our focus for the past year has been so much on the virus, that Brexit has taken a back seat. Now we’ve finally left the EU, the rules are a bit clearer than they were last year.  Make sure you know what rules now apply for travel after 1 January 2021.

Most importantly – check your passports – you should have at least 6 months left on your passport when you travel and it should be less than 10 years old. For some years, renewed passports had months added on if you renewed early – these added months now do NOT count.

The EHIC card will be valid until it expires, but you should have good medical cover on your travel insurance.  The government has introduced a GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) which you should apply for after your EHIC expires.

You’re not going to need a visa for normal tourist trips, but rules may change over time (but not yet).

If you’re driving to Europe via the tunnel or ferries, you’ll need a green card through your insurer as well as a GB sticker.   If you have a paper driving licence, I suggest you get the card instead as you’ll need an International Driving Permit to drive in some countries.

Taking a pet – allow at least a month to arrange an animal health certificate (AHC).

Mobile data roaming – check with your mobile provider, it may change.   Free data roaming

ATOL protection still covers you if your travel company goes out of business. However make sure you have ATOL protection (obviously any holiday I sell is protected).

There may be some additional requirements for business travellers.  If you’re staying for longer than 90 days or taking goods – check the UK government website for information.

European countries haven’t changed – they still welcome tourists and resorts really need your money, especially when they open up after the pandemic.  Don’t be worried about travelling – the sun is still there, bars and restaurants are waiting for you and the sunloungers are waiting for your towel!

If you have questions about Brexit and travel, please contact me.

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