5 things to remember when travelling now that we have left the EU
Now the UK has left the EU, there are a few changes to travel that you need to keep in mind. Here are five of the most important.
With Brexit finally taking place, many of us were left wondering how it would affect our travel within the EU.
With that in mind, keep reading to find out about the five most important things to remember about travelling now that we’ve left the EU.
1. Travel limits
As of 1 January 2021, there are new limits on how long you can go to Europe for as part of the travel agreement between the UK and the EU. You’ll be able to travel to Europe for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You can travel to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania with no effect on your 90 day total, though.
To stay longer, or if you’re travelling to work or study, you’ll usually need a visa.
2. New passports
Not everyone will need a new passport right away, but it’s worth checking to make sure you comply with the new rules before you book your trip.
Your passport needs to be no more than 10 years old, and with fewer than six months until it expires.
If either of the above isn’t true, you’ll need to get a new (blue) passport – make sure to apply in plenty of time, though.
3. Health insurance card
European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) have been used to provide subsides healthcare for people travelling in the EU.
Following Brexit, the EHIC has been replaced by the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) for travellers visiting the EU from the UK.
GHICs work in the same way as EHICs, giving you access to free/subsidised healthcare in European countries, but there are some exceptions.
Any EHICs issued before the end of 2020 will be valid until they expire. And, moving forward, all new health insurance cards issued by the NHS will be GHICs.
4. The airport
There are a few changes to make not of on your way through the airport post-Brexit.
Firstly, you won’t be able to use the EU fast-track passport control and customs lines anymore.
You might also need to show proof of a return ticket and/or proof you can afford your stay when you enter a European country.
You’ll still be able to use duty-free, but new limits on tobacco and alcohol will apply for passengers going in both directions between the UK and the EU.
5. Travel insurance and pet passports
Pet passports will no longer be valid for travel to the EU following Brexit. Instead, you’ll have to get an Animal Healthcare Certificate (AHC).
These need to be administered by a vet no more than 10 days before you travel, and will be valid for four months.
Travel insurance is as essential in travelling to the EU as it is anywhere else in the world – in fact, the NHS recommend you take out a travel insurance policy as well as your GHIC.
To be able to get a travel insurance policy, you’ll need a valid EHIC/GHIC.
It doesn’t just protect you from medical expenses, though. Travel insurance can provide you with cover for other things like cancellations, personal items, and travel disruptions.
It’s there to give you peace of mind that, should something go wrong on your holiday, you’ll have a helping hand there to support you through it.
Take out a travel insurance policy with Avanti today for cover that’s with you all the way.