𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝙩𝙤 𝙀𝙪𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙩-𝘽𝙧𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙩?
December 31 marks the end of the transition period, so from January 1 rules for travelling between the UK and European Union countries will change. Here are the key changes to be aware of:
𝘾𝙖𝙣 𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙀𝙐 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 1 𝙅𝙖𝙣𝙪𝙖𝙧𝙮?
British tourists will be able to travel to all EU countries (plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) without needing a visa. However due to Covid, travellers from most non-EU countries can’t visit except for essential reasons. From January 1 the UK will no longer be treated like a member of the EU and will subsequenrly become subject to these rules. Individual EU countries could create a travel corridor with the UK though, which would allow restriction-free travel.
𝘿𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙮𝙨
Passports must have been issued within the last 10 years and travellers will need at least six months left on them. You can use the government’s passport checker to make sure a passport is valid.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙪𝙚 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙖𝙩 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙡?
Brits will no longer be able to use the EU fast-track passport customs lanes. When arriving in an EU country (except Ireland) they must be prepared to show their return ticket. Travellers may also be asked to show they have enough money for their stay.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙞𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚?
All European Health Insurance Card (which enabled Brits to access state-provided medical treatment if they fell ill or had an accident in EU countries) issued before the end of 2020 will be valid until their expiry date (which is labelled on the front of the card). The UK government has said it will issue a new card entitled the UK Global Health Insurance Card, which like EHIC, will reportedly cover chronic or existing illnesses, routine maternity care and emergencies. However there are no details yet as to when it will start. The government is advising Brits to buy travel insurance with healthcare cover before going on holiday – especially if travellers have a pre-existing medical condition.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙞𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙨?
The free roaming charges Brits have enjoyed throughout the EU will end on 1 January. Brits have been told to check with their mobile provider as to whether they are likely to face extra charges but the UK’s four main operators have said they have no plans to reintroduce roaming fees.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙪𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙙𝙧𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙀𝙪𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 1 𝙅𝙖𝙣𝙪𝙖𝙧𝙮?
Brits will need to take their driving licence, log book (V5C) and valid insurance documents. They will need a GB sticker for their car and also need to contact their insurer six weeks before you travel to get a green card that will prove you have insurance.