31 Jan All you need to know to travel to UK after Brexit
Traveling to the United Kingdom after Brexit can generate many doubts for travelers… No need to worry! Here you have practical information to plan your British adventure
If you’re planning a British adventure, there’s no need to worry. The UK is packed full of amazing experiences for you to enjoy all year round, and you’ll discover a country that’s just as vibrant, diverse and welcoming as before. Travellers from across the EU will still be able to visit the UK after 31 January whatever the circumstances.
As the United Kingdom and the EU enter the transition period, we want to ensure that nothing will change until less than 2021.
What you’ll need to enter the UK
CHECK YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
EU citizens may continue to travel to the United Kingdom with their ID until December 31, 2020, as a minimum.
In turn, citizens of the European Union, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland and overseas territories can use their passport as a travel document to the United Kingdom.
Citizens of third countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, some Caribbean and South American countries may travel with a passport through the United Kingdom provided that the characteristics of the stay are in accordance with immigration laws.
London will not require a visa for community citizens traveling to the United Kingdom after Brexit for short stays, that is, 90 days in a 180-day period.
Similarly, Brussels agreed that, after Brexit, Britons traveling to the Schengen Area for a short stay may also do so without a visa.
However, EU regulations regarding visa exemption apply that these be granted on reciprocal terms. This means that if conditions change and London, at some point, requires a visa for citizens of one or more EU countries, the principle of reciprocity would apply and the British should travel with a visa to any of the member states.
FLIGHTS, TRAINS, FERRIES AND COACHES
Airlines, trains and buses will continue operating without interruption between the United Kingdom and Europe, even in the case of a scenario without agreement.
GETTING TRAVEL INSURANCE THAT COVERS YOUR HEALTHCARE
EU citizens are still able to use a valid EHIC card until at least 2021. The rights of individuals covered by the citizens’ rights agreements with Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will not be affected
Remember that the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance; therefore, we advise you to consider getting a travel insurance during your vacation, regardless of Brexit’s decision. If you currently have a private insurance company, we recommend you contact them prior to your trip to find out about the terms covered by the Brexit issue.
CHECKING YOU HAVE THE RIGHT DOCUMENTS
EU travellers can continue traveling with ID cards until at least 2021.
ORGANISING PET TRAVEL
Pet owners will be able to travel with their pet between the EU and the UK under the current EU pet travel rules using a current UK-issued EU pet passport or a pet passport issued in an EU 27 Member State. If an owner is travelling with their pet for the first time they will have to visit their vet to get a pet passport.
DRIVING IN THE UK
Travellers with a non-UK driving licence will still be able to drive in Great Britain. You will not need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
USING YOUR MOBILE PHONE
You’ll pay the same for calls, texts and mobile data in the UK and the EU if you have a SIM card issued by a mobile phone network from an EU or EEA country.
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