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. Sign up for alerts at GOV.UK
- Different passport validity rules will apply to UK Nationals visiting Europe from January 2021. You must check your passport validity online as you may need to renew it earlier than planned, it can take up to 10 weeks for your new passport to arrive. This does not apply to Ireland. Visit gov.uk/checkpassport
- European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) remain valid until their expiry date within the EU but not in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland. From January 2021 new UK Global Health Insurance Cards will replace UK EHIC's and will provide the same access to state medical healthcare within the EU. Make sure you get travel insurance that covers your needs, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Visit GOV.UK to check what your travel insurance should cover.
- When driving in Europe from January 2021 you must display a suitable GB identifier which will depend on the make up of your registration plate and on your destination country. See GOV.UK for specific requirements. As of 2 August 2021, you will not need to carry a Green Card as proof of relevant insurance for your car, motorhome and anything you may be towing if you are driving in the EU or certain other countries, but there are still countries where you will need a Green Card. For full details of Green Card requirements, click here. You'll also need to carry your V5C document (log book) as proof of ownership or if you've hired or leased a vehicle you'll need a VE103 certificate.
- Tourists will not need a visa for short trips to the EU of up to 90 days in any 180 day period. You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer and we recommend checking GOV.UK for more information on how to get a visa or permit. For regular travellers to the EU, a handy calculator is available to work out the remaining number of days that you can stay in the Schengen zone, please enter your trip dates here.
- From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to use your existing pet passport to enter the EU. You will need an Animal Health Certificate to enter the EU and Northern Ireland from Great Britain. See GOV.UK for more information on exact vaccination requirements for the EU and Northern Ireland.
- From 1 January 2021, surcharge-free roaming for mobile phones and other devices will no longer be guaranteed when travelling in the EU although the big network providers have said that they have no plans to change their charging structure at the moment. Also, whilst 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, we recommend that you check with your network provider before travelling.
- 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 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.
- Visit gov.uk/visiteurope for the most up to date information