Traveling to the EU after Brexit
If you are planning on making a trip to Europe this year, this is the latest advice on travelling until 31 December 2020.
Since leaving the EU on 31 January 2020 the UK is currently in a period of transition (known as the “implementation period”). This means that until at least 31 December 2020 everything will stay the same and you can continue to travel without any changes.
Throughout 2020 valid passports with less than 6 months left can still be used to travel freely within the EU, as long as it is valid for the duration of your trip. If your return date goes beyond 31 December 2020, you will need to ensure you have at least 6 months validity left.
European Health Card (EHIC)
This card allows all EU citizens access to state health care wherever they are within the EU. These cards will still be valid during 2020. You may also still apply for a new EHIC card. The list of what this card can cover is not exhaustive, so it is advised to always make sure you have appropriate travel insurance to cover anything that the card does not. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you will need to make sure this are covered within your policy.
Driving in the EU after Brexit
Again, not much changes this year, but from 1 January 2021, depending on which country you’re planning on driving in, you may need an International Driving Permit (IDP). You can check this on the gov.uk website. You can get IDP’s over the counter at the Post Office.
If you’re taking your own vehicle, you may need a ‘green card’ or valid proof of insurance. And don’t forget you’ll need a GB sticker for your vehicle. If you’re towing a caravan, you’ll need to check whether you need to register your trailer before towing abroad. Again, you can visit the government website for more details.
There is no change to the current ‘pet passport’ throughout 2020. Travel with your pet in 2021 is yet to be defined and we’d recommend checking the government website or contacting your local Vet near the time.
Calls, texts and using the internet currently cost the same in the EU as they do in the UK. This may change after the transition period so please check with your provider for information after 31 December 2020.