The debacle that is Brexit is two years in the making and it seems no progress has been made towards a deal for us to leave the EU successfully. So, if you didn’t know, the date the UK leaves the EU is set as the 31st of October 2019. Although it could still get pushed back to January (sigh!!). On this day, regardless of whether there’s a deal or not, we will no longer be a part of the European Union. For trips booked for after the 31st of October, take a look below for answers on how Brexit could affect your travel.
Disclaimer: I’m not into politics too tough but I am interested in how Brexit stuff will affect my ability to see the world easily. So, for more detailed info on the other ways Brexit will affect you, please go to the Government Website.
How will Brexit affect my travel plans?
At the moment, you won’t need a new passport to travel to the EU. From 2021, we will most likely need a new document (Passport) to travel to Europe but for now we’re good.
The EU have agreed, as long as the UK reciprocates, to visa free travel initially. However, in the preparations for a “no deal” exit, recent statements say that UK citizens will probably need to queue in the “other countries” passport line, answer questions about our trip and get our passports stamped.
However, the European Commission has confirmed that from 2021, UK citizens visiting the EU will need to pay €7 for the European Travel Information and Authorization Scheme (ETIAS). This can be bought online before travel and will last for 3 years for easy entry into EU countries. If you’ve travelled to America, it’s similar to the ESTA scheme UK citizens have to use for entry there.
Do I need to do anything before travelling?
You might need to renew your British passport for travel after Brexit if:
- It’s less than 6 months left
- It’s older than 10yrs (even if it has 6 months or more left on the passport)
If your passport is either of the above or both, you need to renew it before travel or you won’t be able to travel to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. So please leave enough time to check your passports before ravel, unless you’re feeling like wasting your money lol.
There’s also a tool on the government’s website to check if your passport is valid for the country you’re visiting. If you’re travelling to Ireland you don’t need to check all these as long as its valid for the length of your stay.
I’ve got travel plans after October, what’s going to happen to my trip?
You’re one of millions that have already booked holidays after Brexit so don’t fret! Even if we have no deal when we leave, the EU have declared that they will keep airports open as part of their contingency plan for 12 months after. So, there are solutions agreed to make sure your holiday goes ahead as planned. At least until the end of 2020, while the politicians get their s**t together (pardon my French!)
Will Brexit affect mobile roaming/data charges?
At the moment we’re enjoying because we can use our mobile phone allowance in the EU for data and calls the same way we would in the UK. In the event we leave with no deal, European operators would technically be able to make their own prices for UK mobiles used in Europe. That being said, there isn’t cause for worry yet as most major UK mobile providers (EE, O2, Three, Vodafone and Tesco) have said they’ll keep roaming the same as now. I guess we’ll see!
Will I now need Health Insurance in the EU?
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) currently guarantees EU entitlement to the same health care as locals when visiting. So it basically means you can get free healthcare if it’s what locals get in the country.
If we leave the EU with no deal, it’s likely the EHIC will no longer be valid. Therefore it’s important to get travel insurance with health care cover before travelling, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.
Will driving in Europe be affected?
If we leave without a deal, to legally drive in Europe, you might need a “green card” to prove you have valid car insurance and these cards can take about a month to get from your insurance company. Also, you’ll need a GB sticker. So something to bear in mind if you plan on taking your car or a UK based rental to EU countries.
In official guidance released in September 2018, the UK government said, “If there is no deal with the EU, you may need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the EU.” Check the Post Office Website if you need an IDP.
I hope this post has helped answer some of the questions you might have regarding how Brexit could affect your travel plans or just travel in general. I’ll be updating this post with new or current information as and when they become available so check back!
Until Next Time Biscuits, xx