๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™€๐™ช๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ-๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™š๐™ญ๐™ž๐™ฉ?

Posted on by Gary Tansley of Not Just Travel

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™€๐™ช๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ-๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™š๐™ญ๐™ž๐™ฉ?

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:

 

๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™€๐™ ๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง 1 ๐™…๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ?

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 canโ€™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.

๐˜ฟ๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ

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 governmentโ€™s passport checker to make sure a passport is valid.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™š๐™ช๐™š ๐™ข๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ก?

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.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š?

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 โ€“ especially if travellers have a pre-existing medical condition.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ข๐™ค๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™š ๐™ง๐™ค๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™œ๐™š๐™จ?

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 UKโ€™s four main operators have said they have no plans to reintroduce roaming fees.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™™๐™ง๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™€๐™ช๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข 1 ๐™…๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ?

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.

 

Get in touch with Gary if you have any queries about travelling in 2021