Safe travels – Post Brexit travelling in a nutshell.

Safe travels!

It might take a little while to get used to the new Brexit passport rules, but we will try to keep you up to date with any new developments.

What are the new Brexit passport rules?

You need at least six months left on your passport when you travel to the EU. And your passport must have been issued less than nine years and six months ago.

Do I need to get a new passport after Brexit?

No. You’ll only need a new one if you want to go to the EU and your old passport has less than six months left on it, or if it’s more than nine and a half years old.

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

You won’t need a visa if you’re going on holiday for less than 90 days. But you might need a visa if you’re travelling for business or study.

How long can I holiday in Spain after Brexit?

You can go on holiday to Spain for up to 90 days in a 180-day period without a visa. But remember Spain is part of the Schengen area, so any trips to other Schengen countries will count towards the 90-day total.

Can I travel to the Republic of Ireland after Brexit?

Yes, travel to Ireland will remain unaffected by the new Brexit passport rules. As a member of the Common Travel Area, British nationals travelling from the UK don’t need a passport to visit, but you may be asked for proof of nationality, so it’s a good idea to take your British passport with you.

Will business travel change after Brexit?

Yes. Business travellers might need to apply for a visa when visiting the EU, and they may require documentation for taking goods with them. Check the government website for a list of the extra requirements.

Where can I live with a British passport after Brexit?

British nationals will still be able to live and work in Ireland without a visa after 1 January 2021.

Are there any other changes in air travel after Brexit?

Duty-free shopping on alcohol and tobacco will be allowed when visiting EU countries after 1 January 2021. There are also some changes to the way you pass through passport control.

Is my EHIC still valid after Brexit?

Yes, European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) that have not passed their expiry date remain valid for UK nationals, but only in the EU. If yours has expired, apply for the government’s new GHIC, which provides the same level of cover. Make sure you have adequate travel insurance before you visit Europe, too.

Can I still drive in Europe after Brexit with UK Licence?

Yes, but you’ll need to carry a green card to prove you have vehicle insurance, and display a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle.

Can I take my pet into Europe after Brexit?

Yes, but you need to get your pet microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and get an animal health certificate from your vet first. The whole process takes about a month.

Will I still be able to use my mobile phone in Europe after Brexit?

Guaranteed free mobile roaming in the EU ended on 1 January 2021, so mobile operators may start to add on fees for using your phone in another country. Check with your provider to see how much (if anything) they will charge.

Can I take food to the EU?

Mostly, no. You can no longer enter the EU with food that contains meat or dairy products. There are exceptions for some items, such as certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food or pet food required for medical reasons. You can check the rules on the European Commission website.

Cover Photo: Daily Express.

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