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Brexit Guidance

Brexit Guidance

Changes to Travel from 1st January 2021

Please note travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change from 1st January 2021.

We know you may have some questions about travelling following Britain's exit from the EU, and below you will find some information which may help to answer any queries you may have. Alternatively, you can call one of our dedicated experts on 01283 742 317   for further help and reassurance.

We will of course continue to update our information as the situation changes in the coming months.

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Will I need a visa to travel after Brexit?

As a tourist, you will not need a visa for trips up to 90 days. You can stay up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. 

Different rules may apply to travel to other countries including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus & Romania for example, and visits to these countries will not count towards the 90-day total. However, we recommend that you visit the government website: https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021 for further information if you may be affected.

Will my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) be valid?

Yes, your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will still be valid from 1st January 2021 until its expiry date. If you need to apply for a new card you will be issued with a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-ehic-european-health-insurance-card/.

However, you MUST ensure that you take out comprehensive travel insurance with sufficient healthcare cover - including specified existing medical conditions -prior to travelling.

Please note that both the EHIC and the new GHIC will not cover travel to Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Should I check my passport?

Yes. For travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein from 1st January 2021, you MUST have at least 6 months validity left on your passport. Your passport MUST also be less than 10 years old. We recommend that you consult the Government passport checker website at https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-travel-europe-1-january-2021.

It’s always a good idea to just double check the dates on your passport. If you need to renew, you’ll find details here.

What will happen to mobile roaming charges from 1st January 2021?

The guarantee of free mobile phone roaming will end after 31st December 2020. Check with your mobile provider to see if you will be charged.

What will happen at Border Controls from 1st January 2021?

UK citizens may no longer be able to use the EU lanes and will be required to use a separate lane when queuing at Border Controls. You may also be required to show your return or onward ticket in addition to your passport.