Changes to Travel from 1st January 2021
Please note travel to the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein changed on 1st January 2021.
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 688 215 for further help and reassurance.
Additionally, for further information, please visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein
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. If you visit more than one country within a 180-day period, check that you do not spend more than 90 days in total across all the countries you visit (that’s because most countries apply the 90-day limit as a group).
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.
You may find the following handy calculator useful: www.schengenvisainfo.com/visa-calculator
You may have heard about the introduction of ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authrosation System) for travellers to Europe following Brexit. This is not expected to be implemented until the end of 2022 at the earliest. It will be a simple process (very similar to the ESTA system when travelling to the USA) and we will provide further information once a confirmed date for its introduction is announced.
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: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/
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, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
Ahead of travelling, it is always a good idea to double-check the expiry date on your passport.
A standard requirement in European countries is usually that your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the return date of your holiday and less than 10 years old, however we always recommend you check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for country specific information relating to entry requirements.
If you need to renew, you’ll find details at www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport/renew
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.
Check your passport is stamped when arriving and departing. Border guards will use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards may presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.
The guarantee of free mobile phone roaming has ended. Before you travel, check with your mobile phone service provider to find out about any roaming charges you may have to pay.