How will Brexit affect my holiday?

Travel during the transition period

Naturally, holidaymakers have questions about what Brexit means for travelling to EU countries. Now the UK has entered a transition period everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now until at least the end of December 2020.

Will flights still operate?

UK citizens can be reassured that regardless of the Brexit outcome, the UK government has offered assurances for EU airlines. If a deal is agreed then we will be in a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. Even if we are in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

No. UK travellers won't need a visa to travel to the EU during the transition period.

Passports

Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip.

European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. During the transition period, UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.

It is important to make sure you have appropriate travel insurance, whether you have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC. Check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you're not sure.

Advice on travel insurance can be found here

Driving licences

As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don't currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This will not change during the transition period. An International Driving Permit will not be required.

Using your own car?

You do not need a GB sticker or a Green Card for car insurance.

Pets

During the transition period you can travel with your pet to the EU under the current pet travel rules using your current UK-issued EU pet passport.

If you’re travelling with your pet for the first time you’ll have to visit your vet to get a pet passport.

Data roaming

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will during the transition period.

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