The UK officially left the European Union (EU) on the 31st January 2020, but what does that mean for UK passport holders travelling to the EU in 2020? As members of ABTA we’re kept updated with all the latest travel advice and they are keeping a close eye on some of the key things we know travellers are keen to know before you go.
In a nutshell…
‘Following ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK departed the EU on 31 January 2020. We are now in a transition period (also known as the ‘implementation period’) lasting until at least 31 December 2020. During this time, everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel without any changes.’
Will I need a new passport to travel to Europe?
‘Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip.’
Do I need to get extra insurance?
‘The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020. ABTA has always advised holidaymakers and business travellers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC. When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure. Advice on travel insurance can be found here.’
Will I still be able to use my mobile phone?
‘Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 January 2020.’
Will flights be affected?
‘Everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal.’
Will I need a visa to travel to Europe?
‘No. UK travellers won’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit.’
What if I’m travelling to my holiday by car?
‘As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This will not change following 31 January 2020. An International Driving Permit will not be required, and you do not need a GB sticker or a Green Card for car insurance. ‘
To read ABTA’s latest advice in full click here. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with any updates and advice. In the meantime, keep pedallin’ on and rest assured we’ve got plenty of amazing holidays awaiting your wheels across Europe this year.