AS THE Brexit deadline looms, many Britons are concerned about how this will impact aspects of their lives and affect their travel plans.
Assuming the UK does leave the EU on January 31 under terms of the Withdrawal agreement, holidaymakers and business travellers will need to be aware of the necessary steps to take to avoid an disruption during their travel plans. Will Britons need to update their passports?
“You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling after Brexit,” the site reads.
“On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:
– have at least six months left
– be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)
– If you do not renew it, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.”
“This is because the EHIC scheme covers pre-existing conditions, while many travel insurance policies do not.”
Will Britons need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?
The European Parliament confirmed that UK citizens will not need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. This is specifically for short-term business or leisure trips. UK citizens can stay in the EU for up to 90 days without a visa.
Can Britons still drive in the EU?
British travellers may need to have extra documents. According to Gov.co.uk: “You’ll need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in some countries.
“If you’re taking your own vehicle, you’ll also need a ‘green card’ – allow one month to get this from your vehicle insurance company – and GB sticker.”
Ferries, cruises, Eurostar, bus and coach services are expected to run as normal following Brexit.
However, Bus and coach services to non-EU countries, for example Switzerland or Andorra, may not be able to run.
“The government is working to make sure these continue with minimal or no disruption,” Gov.co.uk added.