After Brexit, both the UK Government and the European Union (EU) have said that people will still be able to travel into and within the EU. Below is a breakdown of some of the changes expected as Brexit finalizes.

This information is subject to change, and only covers areas that you can take reasonable action on now. For the latest and most complete information, please visit the UK Government’s Brexit information website.

Travel after 31 January 2020
The UK will enter a transition period from 31 January 2020. Regarding travel, this means everything will remain the same and you will be able to travel as you do now up until December 2020 (expected end date of the transition period).

The UK government and European Commission have assured UK holidaymakers and business travellers that in the event of a no-deal exit at the end of the transition period they will still be able to travel as planned. This is due to either contingency legislation being in place or the travel services being covered by international law.

If there is a deal in place when the UK leaves the EU then there will be some changes and actions you may need to take before your holiday or business trip.

Effects on transportation after 31 January 2020
  • Flights: There will be a transition period if a deal is agreed upon. This means everything will remain the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. In the case of a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and EU under contingency legislation.
  • Ferries and Cruises: Due to a large amount of ferry and cruise services operating under international rules, the majority of trips will still sail.
  • Coach journeys: Coaches are expected to run as usual, taking passengers to and from the EU as well as around other EU countries.
  • Trains: It is expected that trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate. Ahead of your journey, check with the company that you booked your tickets with to see if there is any additional information that you need to be aware of.
Travel documentation after Brexit

Visas:
The EU Parliament has said that UK travellers will not need a visa to enter the EU after Brexit for short-term business or holidays. UK citizens can still visit the EU for up to 90 days inside a 180-day period without a visa, even if the UK leaves without a no-deal Brexit.

Passports:
Before visiting the EU, check your passport’s expiry date. If we leave the EU without a deal then it is recommended that you have six months left on your passport on the date of arrival into the EU country. Having six months left on your passport is only required if you travel after the date the UK leaves the EU.

Check when your passport was renewed; if you renewed a 10-year passport before it expired then the extra months may have been added onto your new passport’s expiry date. These extra months do not count towards the six months that need to be left for travelling. Check out this travel tool the UK government has published regarding passport validity.

Full details on renewing your passport can be found on the Gov.UK site.

Travel Insurance:
Whenever or wherever you travel to, make sure you have adequate travel insurance that covers your specific needs. Policies may vary so check the details of the policy regarding travel disruption, including delays or cancellations. Speaking to your travel insurance provider about specific coverage for Brexit is also advisable.

European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance
When travelling to another EU country, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care. However, if there is no-deal then the UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid. Due to EHIC limitations, it is advised that you have appropriate travel insurance even if you have an EHIC.

It is important to take travel insurance with you whilst travelling to the EU and elsewhere. Make sure it covers current circumstances and medical conditions and if you have an annual policy that you look at the Terms & Conditions if you are unsure.

Driving licences
If there is a no-deal Brexit and you currently hold a full UK driver's licence you may need to apply for an International Driving Permit after the 31st of January 2020. Visit gov.uk to see the full details regarding International Driving Permits.

Check which permit is required for each country you plan to drive in as there are a number available for different EU countries. You may need more than one permit to comply with the laws.

Green cards for car insurance
In the case of a no-deal Brexit, UK citizens driving within the EU will be required to obtain and carry a Green Card for car insurance to be applicable. You will be able to obtain these cards from insurers and may be charged a small administration fee.

Other Considerations

Taking pets abroad
Pets will still be able to travel to and from the UK and EU with the required documents and health checks. If there is no-deal pet owners will need to discuss their pet’s travel with an official veterinarian at least four months in advance of the date they are travelling. Keep an eye out for any further instructions issued by the UK government regarding pet travel. Find further information here.

Data roaming
If the UK leaves without a deal the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone may change. However, some UK companies say they may continue to offer no extra costs, so check specifics with your phone provider before you travel to the EU.