Visiting the EU after Brexit

To visit Europe after Brexit there are things you need to do before you travel. These include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance which covers your healthcare
  • check you have the right driving documents
  • organise pet travel - you need to contact your vet at least 4 months before you go

Stay up to date

The government has launched an online tool to help you stay up to date, and prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU, with up to date information on topics including:

  • passports: check if you need to renew: you may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling after Brexit, there is also an online tool to check if your passport is valid for the country you’re visiting
  • healthcare: check you’re covered, you can read advice on buying travel insurance with the right cover
  • travel: there may be changes after Brexit; what these are depend on how you’re travelling, the government guidance covers driving, flights, ferries, cruises, Eurostar, Eurotunnel, bus and coach services; there is also advice on your rights to compensation if your travel is disrupted, or the company you have booked with ceases trading before or during your trip
  • pet travel: after Brexit you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme, instead you’ll need to follow a different process, which takes 4 months
  • entering other countries: the guidance covers visa and permit requirements
  • border control: you may need to show an onward ticket, prove that you have enough money for your stay, and use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
  • mobile data roaming: check with your phone operator to find out about any roaming charges you might get after 31 October 2019