So will Brexit hit your break?
Visas, passports, pets... What you need to know about travelling to Europe after we leave! …Rest assured you can enjoy travel to Europe in 2020 without disruptions!
- After Brexit on January 31, there'll be a transition period until the end of the year…This means travel in and around the EU will remain exactly the same as now …
- The good news for British travellers visiting the EU after Brexit on January 31 is that there is no news. The Department for Exiting the European Union has confirmed that there will be a ‘transition period’ until at least the end of the year. During this time, travel in the EU will remain exactly the same as now, so there is nothing for holidaymakers to worry about in the immediate aftermath of Brexit.
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- Flights will continue to operate between the UK and EU until the end of December 2020.
- Passports will still be valid – just make sure that you have 6 months validity. UK ports and airports will operate as normal.
- Eurotunnel - Both the EU and the UK authorities have said that they expect Eurostar and Le Shuttle train services to run as normal between England and mainland Europe.
- Driving in EU countries - you will not need an International Driving Permit or Green Card during the transition period in 2020.
- Will I need a driving permit? Currently, and for the remainder of this ‘transition’ year, UK driving licence holders don’t need an additional licence to drive in the EU.
- EHIC cards are still valid.
- There’s no need for a VISA for travel in 2020.
- Pets - you can continue to travel with your pet(s) to the EU under the current pet travel rules using your current UK issued EU pet passport, until the end of December 2020. If you’re travelling with your pet for the first time you’ll have to visit your vet to get a pet passport.
So for the moment, it is business as usual. There will be no impact for travel and tourism from/to the UK during the transition period. The EU and the UK will use the next 11 months to agree on a new partnership, based on the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the UK in October 2019.
According to ABTA – The Travel Association “This means that valid passports can still be used, EHIC cards will still be valid and the same gates can be used at border check points. People can continue to make their travel plans with confidence that things won’t change until at least the end of 2020.
“As the UK’s most trusted travel association ABTA has been actively providing advice to travellers throughout the Brexit process and will continue to do so as the longer term relationship with the EU becomes clearer.”
ABTA’s Brexit advice for travellers can be found at www.abta.com/brexit