Europe is the top overseas destination for UK travellers, attracting more than 58 million trips every year, and holidaymakers are naturally concerned about what impact Brexit will have on future travels to European countries.
Following withdrawal from the EU, the UK will enter an 11-month ‘transition period’ up until the end of this year, during which ABTA says everything will remain the same. This means Brits can continue to travel as they do now until at least the end of December 2020.
ABTA has now said it expects arrangements for EU travel, including passports and European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC), to remain the same until at least the end of this year. ABTA says: “If Parliament ratifies the Withdrawal Agreement before 31 January 2020, which it is on track to do, the UK will enter a transition period, meaning everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now until at least the end of December 2020.”
This means UK travellers will still be able to use valid passports when heading to European countries, and will still be permitted to use the same gates at border checkpoints. EHIC cards will also still be valid, with no changes expected to be made until at least the end of 2020. Valid passports can still be used for travel to the EU but must be valid for the entire duration of your trip.
Flights will still operate to European countries after 31 January 2020. Ferry services and cruises will still sail, as the majority of rules under which they operate are not based on EU rules, but instead are international. UK travellers will not need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit.
Providing you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU and this will not change following the 31 January 2020 leave date.
An International Driving Permit will not be required, and you do not need a GB sticker or a Green Card for car insurance.