Brexit is here – what does it mean for British Passport holders?

Travel after Brexit

On 31 January 2020 the UK left the EU, the good news is any changes for travel to the EU won’t kick in until 01 January 2021. We are now in the transition period whilst the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements, all current rules for travel will still apply until 01 January 2021.

From 01 January 2021 new rules for traveling to Europe will apply.

Passports

You will need to have at least 6 months left on your Passport for both adults and children when travelling to most countries in Europe (excluding Ireland).

Any months left on your Passport will then be added to your new Passport. The new British Passports will be blue and issued from early to mid-2020. However, if you have been issued with a burgundy British Passport it will still be valid for travel.

Passports usually a minimum of 3 weeks to process but be prepared to leave extra time as we get closer to 01 January 2021. Also, it is recommended that before making overseas travel arrangements to EU; that you check your Passports first and renew if you need to.

List of countries affected

The new rules will apply for travel to and between most countries in Europe. These are:

• Andorra
• Austria
• Belgium
• Bulgaria
• Croatia
• Cyprus
• Czech Republic
• Denmark
• Estonia
• Finland
• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Hungary
• Iceland
• Italy
• Latvia
• Liechtenstein
• Lithuania
• Luxembourg
• Malta
• Monaco
• Netherlands
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Romania
• San Marino
• Slovakia
• Slovenia
• Spain
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Vatican City

The rules for travel to Ireland will remain unaffected.

Other changes The rules for driving, EHIC cards, pet travel and more may change from 1 January 2021 but nothing has been confirmed yet. To keep up to date with developments visit:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

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