The following information is a guide for you – check out the Government web sites as confirmation of the information below
- If you are going on holiday you won’t need a visa for short trips to Europe.
- At border control you may need to show a return ticket and that you have enough money for your stay.
- When going through passport control you may not be able to use the EU or EEA lanes.
- You won’t be able to take any meat, milk or any products containing these items into the EU. There are exceptions for powdered baby milk, baby food, or pet food required for medical reasons.
If you have a burgundy passport with “European Union” on the cover, it will continue to be valid as a UK travel document. But it loses all its EU powers. From the start of 2021, European rules on passport validity became much tougher. The basic requirement from the European perspective is simple: “You will need a passport valid for at least three months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting, which was issued within the previous 10 years.. Unhelpfully, there are several different interpretations of the rules.
Flights will still be available as now between the UK and Europe
What about health insurance?
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles about 27 million UK citizens to state-provided medical treatment if they fall ill or have an accident in EU countries, as well as a number of others. All EHIC cards issued before the end of 2020 will be valid until their expiry date. EHICs last for five years (the expiry date will be on the front of your card). After that, the UK will issue a new card. The government says it will be called the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), but there are no further details yet on how to obtain it. Like EHIC, the new card will cover chronic or existing illnesses and routine maternity care as well as emergencies.
The government’s advice, however, says you should still buy travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go on holiday.
What queue can I use at passport control?
You’ll no longer be able to use EU fast-track passport control and customs lanes. When you arrive in an EU country (except Ireland) be prepared to show your return ticket. You could also be asked to show that you have enough money for your stay. It could also take longer to cross the UK border.
Will I face mobile phone roaming charges?
The guarantee of free roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway ended on 1 January 2021. You should check with your mobile provider to see if you’re likely to face extra charges when you travel. The four main UK operators have said they have no plans to reintroduce roaming fees. The EU and the UK agreed to cooperate on international mobile roaming, but there nothing in the new post-Brexit trade agreement that would stop travellers being charged for using their phone in the EU and vice versa, in the future.
The government has passed laws to protect customers, including:
- A £45-a-month cap on using mobile data abroad (then you must opt-in to use more)
- Requirements for customers to be informed when they’ve reached 80% and 100% of their data allowance.
Will I be able to drive in Europe?
Yes, but you’ll need to take your driving licence, log book (V5C) and valid insurance documents. You will need to contact your insurer six weeks before you travel to get a green card that will prove you have insurance that covers you in Europe.
Most drivers will not need to buy an International Driving Permit, with the exception of those with paper licences (not photocards) and those with licences issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man, who will need one for some European countries.