With the withdrawal of the UK from the EU we’ll need to familiarise ourselves on new rules of European travel – when we’re able! As a UK national here are some of the important changes:
- Age of your passport and how long is left before it expires – it’ll need to be less than 10yrs old and have at least 6 months left (before expiry) for most European countries.
- Visa requirement – you’ll only be able to travel without a visa to Schengen area countries (most EU nations and Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
- Travel Insurance – you’ll also need this to include health cover. If you’ve an existing European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) this is still valid but only until its expiry date.
- Mobile phone charges – free roaming will not be guaranteed so contact your provider about charges.
- Pets – you’ll need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) 10 days before you travel. For this, a qualified vet will need to microchip and vaccinate your pet against rabies.
- Border controls – you’ll now use separate lanes from EU and EEA and Swiss citizens.
- Duty-free shopping – will still be available but with limits on the amount you can bring back.
- Credit cards- if you’re able, it’s worth buying items between £100 and £30,000 because ‘Section 75 protection’ applies. This means, if you buy an item from the EU and don’t receive it, you can claim the money back from your card provider.