Travelling in Europe after Brexit

Travelling in Europe after Brexit

Will Brexit impact my caravan, motorhome or campervan holiday?

New rules apply for travel to Europe from January 2021 and you need to take extra steps when travelling to a European destination. You should follow the UK Government travel advice before you travel abroad, including the latest developments and advice on foreign travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about the latest UK government advice if you’re travelling from the UK to the EU, and for travel from the EU to the UK. The UK Government has also produced a handy Brexit Checker which gives a personalised action list for travel.

Mobile roaming

Surcharge-free roaming for mobile phones and other devices is no longer guaranteed when travelling in the EU and some of the big network providers have said that they will reintroduce fees for customers on certain price plans. There is a UK government regulation which protects against 'unexpected charges' by setting a limit of £45, above which the phone company needs the customer agreement, but we recommend that you check with your network provider before travelling to avoid unexpected charges.

Food restrictions

There are restrictions on the food that you can carry into the EU. You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into the EU; there are some exceptions, e.g. certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, special food or pet food required for medical reasons. You cannot take plants including fruit and vegetables with the exception of bananas, coconuts, dates, pineapples and durians. Check the rules on the European Commission website. When returning to the UK you can currently bring these products with you for personal consumption but always check for the most up to date information on GOV.UK

Tax-free sales

Tax-free sales beyond security controls in the UK such as perfume, electronics etc. will end from 1 January 2021. On this date, duty-free sales of alcohol and tobacco beyond UK security controls will now apply on the same basis as non-EU destinations. When returning to the UK you will no longer be allowed to bring unlimited amounts of alcohol, tobacco or other goods for personal use. See GOV.UK for a full list of limitations.

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