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Now that the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has passed Parliament, the UK will enter a transition period on 31 January 2020 and passengers will be able to travel to and from Continential Europe until the end of December 2020 as they do now, without the need for additional travel documents or other changes.

What impact will Brexit have on travel after 31 January 2020?

Now that the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has passed Parliament, the UK will enter a transition period on 31 January 2020 and passengers will be able to travel to and from Continential Europe until the end of December 2020 as they do now, without the need for additional travel documents or other changes.

Travel to the Republic of Ireland from the UK is subject to separate Common Travel Area arrangements, which means in principle only a photo ID is required for travel between the two countries, this arrangement will remain the same in 2020 and beyond.
Note: Although a passport is not required for travel to Ireland, we’d recommend you always travel with a valid passport.

To access the government’s latest advice on Brexit, click here: https://www.gov.uk/brexit

There are likely to be some changes to travel requirements once the transition period is over, at the end of 2020. It is important to note, however, that regardless of a final deal or no deal outcome, passengers will still be able to book and travel by ferry to and from the UK with ease after 2020.

Please continue to check the FAQs throughout the year, as we will be updating them as and when more details on post-2020 travel arrangements to Europe become available.

Will my current passport be valid for travel to Europe after 31 January 2020?

In the likely scenario that the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is passed in Parliament before 31 January, all existing valid red European passports issued to British citizens will continue to be valid for travel during 2020 (as long as they have not expired).

Travel to the Republic of Ireland from the UK is subject to separate Common Travel Area arrangements, which means in principle only a photo ID is required for travel between the two countries, this arrangement will remain the same in 2020 and beyond.

There will be no changes in 2020 to the arrangements that allow EU citizens to travel to the UK with an ID card rather than a passport.

As more information on travel requirements becomes available for 2021 and beyond we will update these FAQs.

Renewing passports – if your UK passports is 10 years old or over, or if it has less than six month’s validity for travel, you will need to renew it before you travel from 2021. You can do this via the Post Office or online. Further details on how to do this can be found here.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after 31 January 2020?

In the likely scenario that the Withdrawal Agreement is passed before January 31, all travel requirements remain as they are during 2020 and UK citizens will be able to travel with a valid passport to the EU.

As more information on travel requirements becomes available for 2021 and beyond we will update these FAQs.

Will I still be able to able to use my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

Yes, British citizens will still be entitled to access the EHIC healthcare service with a valid card during 2020.

We would always advise individuals travelling abroad, however, to ensure they have adequate private travel insurance, as the EHIC scheme does not cover all medical treatment and associated costs.

Here is a link for further details on what is currently covered by the EHIC scheme.

Here is a link to the UK Government’s advice on foreign travel insurance.

Will I need to apply for an International Driving Permit to drive my car in Europe?

No, you will not need an International Driving Permit to drive your car in an EU member state during 2020.

As more information on travel requirements becomes available for 2021 and beyond we will update these FAQs.

Will my European driving insurance continue to be valid after 31 January 2020?

Yes, your European driving insurance should continue to be valid during 2020, but we strongly recommend that you check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered by your policy and to check the dates of its validity period.

We also advise people travelling to Europe in their own vehicles over or after 31 December 2020 to check with their insurance providers at least one month in advance, to ensure the validity of their policy for driving in EU countries. It may be necessary to obtain a Green Card, which you will need to take with you, to demonstrate the validity of your insurance when driving abroad.

As more information on travel requirements becomes available for 2021 and beyond we will update these FAQs.

If I am towing a trailer or caravan, will I need a separate green card after 31 January 2020?

No, all travel requirements for 2020 remain the same as they currently are, and you will not need an additional green card for your caravan or trailer.

As more details on travel requirements become available for 2021 and beyond we will update these FAQs, so please check back regularly for the latest information.

Will my European breakdown cover be affected by Brexit on 31 January?

The AA say their service will be completed unaffected. If you have bought/intend to buy a policy the cover will still be the high quality product drivers currently receive. If you are with a different provider, you should double check with your insurer.

Will I still be able to take my pet on holiday with me after 31 January 2020?

Yes, there will be no changes to pet travel requirements to the EU in 2020. Click here for further information on the current PET Travel Scheme.

Changes to pet travel to the EU for 2021 and beyond has not yet been agreed. As more information on pet travel arrangements becomes available we will update these FAQs so please check back regularly.

If you are thinking of travelling with your pet over or after 31 December 2020 we recommend you contact your vet four months before your travel date to ensure that you have the right documentation and checks, as a precaution.

Click here for our advice on travelling safely with your dog:

Will mobile phone charges increase after 31 January 2020?

No, current EU rules governing data roaming charges will remain in place throughout 2020.

After 2020 these rules will no longer apply. Some mobile phone providers have said they will continue this benefit for their customers, so we advice you to check with your provider.