It’s been a long time coming, but Brexit is officially here. And with the UK leaving the EU on the 31st January 2020, what does this mean for travellers? How will travelling abroad after Brexit be impacted? And what changes do holidaymakers and business travellers need to prepare for?
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How will travel change after Brexit?
The first thing to note is, if you’ve got any upcoming trips or holidays planned in for the rest of the year, you don’t even need to think about Brexit. While we are definitely leaving the EU behind on the 31st of January, we’re still in a transition period until December 31st, 2020. During this time, our travel rights will remain the same, so all the regular rules we’re used to will still apply.
Travelling in Europe after Brexit will only be impacted from 2021 onwards. But with something like this, knowledge is power – and preparation is key. So to clue yourself up on travelling after Brexit, and ensuring your trip is 100% Brexit-proof, read our guide below.
Travelling abroad after Brexit – what will change?
|Destination||Currency||How Will Travel Change After Brexit?|
|Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Luxembourg, |
|For all of these countries, you’ll still need to use Euros. If you’re travelling to any of these destinations for a holiday or a business trip, we’d recommend buying a currency card. This allows you to transfer all of your holiday spends onto one safe debit card – and you can avoid any additional foreign transaction fees and charges.||All of these countries are part of the Schengen area of Europe. From 2021 onwards, to travel to any of these destinations, you’ll need to purchase a European Travel Information and Authorisation System document (or an ETIAS). This will cost €7 (around £5.50) and will last for three years. You’ll also need to check that your passport is valid for at least another 6 months from the date of travel. If it isn’t, it’s time to renew it and get a shiny new post-Brexit passport!|
| Czechia, Denmark, |
|As these countries all use different currencies, you’ll want to double check which one is used in your destination. Again, it’s much easier if you have a currency card that you can use anywhere. If you’d rather take cash, make sure you do some research on where you can get the best exchange rates!||Similar to above, to travel to any of these destinations after 2021, you’ll need a valid passport and an ETIAS document.|
|Bulgaria accepts Lev, Croatia use Kuna, Romania’s currency is Leu and Russia use the Ruble. While Cyprus still accepts Euros, it’s one of the only countries in the EU that is not part of the Schengen area (the area of countries that have abolished border controls).||As these countries are not in the Schengen area of Europe, they all have their own rules and laws for tourists and business travellers. After we leave the EU, you’ll need to do individual checks on how travelling to these countries will work. But there’s no need to worry – it’s likely that you’ll just need the relevant travel document or visa.|
|Ireland||In Ireland, you’ll still need to stock up on euros for your trip.||With Ireland on our doorstep (and still one of our close friends), the UK have an arrangement with them called the Common Travel Area. This overrules the EU and therefore won’t be affected by Brexit changes.|
|Everywhere else in the world (including the USA)||The rest of the world is not impacted by Brexit, so the same currency standards apply.||Luckily for them, the rest of the world aren’t caught up in the Brexit bonanza! So you can travel exactly the same way you normally would to any destinations outside of the Europe.|
FAQs for travelling after Brexit
Need some more details about the specifics? Find out more below about pet travel after Brexit, passports, EHIC cards after Brexit, holiday prices and driving in Europe after Brexit.
Asides from thinking about which currency to use and what type of visa you’ll need, you might just be wondering: will Brexit affect my holiday prices?
As most of us have our favourite go-to holiday destinations, we’re probably used to paying the same prices year after year. It’s likely that the averages price of your holiday won’t fluctuate too much. But one thing to bear in mind is that the pound will still go up and down against the Euro – as it has done for years. This means that there’s a chance that holidays can get more expensive, or even be cheaper (bonus!), depending on the outcome of our relationship with the EU. If we leave on good terms, we should see the markets stablise, with the pound going up in value a likely outcome. But wherever you’re headed, make sure to book your car parking in advance. The earlier you buy airport parking, the more money you’ll save!
The simple answer is, no. There’s no reason why you should be in a rush to renew your passport. Unless otherwise stated by your destination country – and as long as your passport is still valid for another 6 months after you travel – you can continue using it for all travel until it expires. Although the blue British passports are already being phased out, your current one will still be accepted until you need to renew it.
Wherever you’re travelling in Europe after Brexit, your passport will still be valid until it runs out. When you do eventually renew it, you’ll be issued with a blue British passport. Depending on the deal between the UK and the EU, we may also have to queue up for a passport stamp when we arrive at our destination. Again, this is nothing to worry about – it’s just simple protocol!
For a lot of us, travelling with our furry friends is a huge part of our holiday. Maybe you’ve got a property in another country that you regularly visit for long periods of time? Or are you taking your pooches on a road trip across the border? When it comes to pet travel after Brexit, leaving with a deal is the easiest option we can hope for.
If the UK leaves the EU with a deal agreed, you can travel with your pet under the current pet travel rules using your UK-issued EU pet passport. If you don’t yet have a passport for your dog, you’ll need to visit your vet to be issued with one before travelling.
If we leave without a deal, things start getting a bit more complex, and will depend on whether we become a Listed Part 1, Part 2 or Unlisted country.
Listed Part 1 – The existing timescales and health preparations needed will remain in tact and the current system will likely not change at all
Listed Part 2 – There would be some extra requirements for pet travel after Brexit and owners will need to report to a Travellers Point of Entry on arrival to their EU destination
Unlisted – Owners will need to discuss specific requirements with a vet four months before their travel date
If we leave with a no deal arrangement, driving your own car in Europe after Brexit will mean that you need an International Driving Permit and potentially a green card. If we leave with an agreed deal, or you’re planning to hire a car abroad and drive around Europe, you’ll only need your usual driving license.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), guarantees that everyone who lives in an EU country is entitled to the same health care as locals when visiting or holidaying there. The validity of this will depend on the deal the UK leaves with. A no deal will likely mean that the EHIC card no longer provides protection. But with or without the EHIC card, you still need to travel with the proper insurance. Take a look at our travel extras to find the best policy for you.
Travelling after Brexit: extra tips
If you’re still concerned about how travelling in Europe after Brexit will impact your trip, here are a few tips that will ensure your holiday goes off without a hitch.
- Book all inclusive holidays so you can lock in the total price of your holiday. That way, you don’t need to worry about the fluctuations in the value of the pound. You’ll also be ATOL and/or ABTA protected so you’ll be protected in case there are any cancellations or issues with your travel arrangements.
- Research, research, research. Wherever you’re going, travelling after Brexit is still very much up in the air. So make sure you plan ahead.