REMEMBER BREXIT? How Brexit affects travel between the UK and the EU
With COVID’s disruption to international travel being prime of thoughts, it’s straightforward to neglect that British residents should additionally adjust to new guidelines caused by BREXiT.
At 11 pm (GMT) December 31 2020, the freedom of motion, loved for greater than 4 many years between the UK and the EU, disappeared in a single day.
So what does post-Brexit holidaying throughout the Channel seem like for Brits? We reply your questions.
Will my passport nonetheless be legitimate?
Anyone with a burgundy passport with the phrases “European Union” on the cowl will nonetheless have the ability to use it as a sound travel doc to EU nations till it expires – however with none EU perks. To use it trouble-free you have to to have:
- three months’ validity remaining from the date leaving EU nation (there are different interpretations however this one covers all eventualities) AND
- the passport will need to have been issued with the final 9 years.
The latter could seem an odd stipulation but it surely speaks to the approach the UK used to resume passports with as much as an additional 9 months carried ahead from unused time. This can be added on prime of the standard 10 years.
The put up Brexit standing of the UK is demoted to a “third country” and strict guidelines apply. This signifies that passports that had been issued with a lifetime of longer than 10 years validity shall be invalid after 10 years.
In impact, a passport issued on June 30, 2012, may present an expiry date of March 30 2022. However, the similar passport issued on June 30, 2012, is regarded by the EU as expiring on June 30, 2022, So any time past that shall be deemed invalid.
Anyone travelling from New Year’s Day 2021 shall be requested to show again if their passport doesn’t comply.
It is believed that tens of hundreds of thousands of passports which can be legitimate for longer than 10 years are in circulation and this might trigger issues and delays at airports and border controls. So you have to examine and renew your passport accordingly.
The passport will nonetheless be legitimate to be used inside the UK and non-EU nations round the world.
New passports shall be issued in the iconic blue covers that had been used for UK passports earlier than 1988 (keep in mind these?).
What will it’s like at passport management?
Brits will now not have the ability to use the EU quick monitor lanes at border management
British passport holders will now not have the ability to be part of the EU quick monitor lanes (although well-liked locations comparable to Spain and Portugal are contemplating particular preparations).
Since January 1 2021, border officers have been obliged to examine that your doc is legitimate and to ask you questions on your causes for travel and even how you propose to fund your keep – just like entry into the US. This, after all, will decelerate the entry course of and enhance queues.
What’s extra, your snacks could also be confiscated. You will be unable to take meat, milk or merchandise containing them from the UK into EU nations. Infant powdered milk, toddler meals and meals required for medical causes are exempt as much as a most weight of 2kg.
Will I would like a visa?
Initially, you received’t want a visa, however in 2022 British guests might want to register on-line and pay upfront for an ETIAS – European Travel Information and Authorisation System – just like the ESTA visa required to enter the US. Expect to pay €7 (£6) for a three-year allow.
How lengthy can I keep in the EU?
As the UK is now a “third country”, British travellers should adjust to the “90/180 rule”
Both holidaymakers and enterprise travellers can solely keep 90 days (three months) visa-free in any 180 days (six months) anyplace in the Schengen space. To illustrate here’s a state of affairs: you travel to the Schengen Area in March, April and May and go away earlier than June 1; you then can’t return to the zone till August 31.
you probably have already frolicked in the Schengen Area in 2020 this received’t intervene together with your allowance in 2021. The allowance begins on New Year’s Day.
The 90 days may be made up of weekend getaways and two week holidays. So you would elope for a romantic weekend in Paris in spring and then spend a two week vacation in Marbella in the summer time.
To assist you to work it out the European Union has created a web based “short-stay visa calculator”.
People who maintain a piece or residential visa for a selected EU nation shall be handled in a different way.
Which nations are a part of the Schengen space?
The Schengen space consists of most of the EU nations besides Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. Ireland can also be non-Schengen however is a part of the Common Travel Area with freedom of motion to and from the UK and smaller islands.
Time spent in these nations won’t intervene together with your allowance in EU nations and won’t depend in direction of the 90-day complete. Also, British residents can keep so long as they like in the Republic of Ireland.
What occurs if I overstay?
You can’t nip over the border to a different Shengen nation and begin the 90 days once more.
It’s greatest to remain inside the guidelines in any other case you face an entry ban for a 12 months. It is probably going although you’re going to get a grace interval of three days. For the sake of this rule, the Schengen is handled as one nation, so you may’t nip over the border and begin the 90 days once more. And sure they’ll examine because of a central database. When you come back, the frontier officers will examine to see how a lot of your allowance has been used and stays.
If you break this rule, you might be banned from coming into the EU for some time.
What can I deliver again?
British travellers have been in a position to deliver again good from the EU with none limits on the worth. This has now modified. The restrictions as follows:
4 litres of spirits or 9 litres of glowing wine, 18 litres of nonetheless wine and 16 litres of beer
200 duty-free cigarettes.
Everything else (together with cheese):
There is a restrict of €430 – roughly £400.
Incidentally, in case you are caught bringing in additional than your allowance you’ll have to pay the complete tax.
Will I have the ability to use my EHIC card for healthcare?
For 40 years Brits have been in a position to take pleasure in free or low cost healthcare inside the EU in the similar approach as the locals, because of the EHIC card. The authorities says:
Your Ehic will proceed to be legitimate in the event you’re travelling to the EU.
There are adjustments. The card will now not be legitimate to be used in Switzerland plus the EEA trio of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
The excellent news in the 27 nations of the European Union, the EHIC card can nonetheless be used as in the similar approach.
Either approach, you should definitely get totally complete travel insurance coverage.
What if I don’t have an EHIC however wish to get one?
That’s tough. An announcement from the NHS says
Unless you’re eligible for an Ehic from 1 January 2021, we’re not at the moment issuing new playing cards. Instead, in the event you want remedy overseas you need to get a provisional alternative certificates (PRC).
“This is a certificates that’s issued by us. The certificates is required when a buyer is overseas requiring remedy however has not utilized for an Ehic or doesn’t have a sound Ehic card with them at the time of remedy.
To get one name NHS Overseas Healthcare Services on +44 191 218 1999. You will want:
- your National Insurance quantity AND
- the title of the hospital or different medical facility that’s at the moment treating you.
In the meantime, the authorities is engaged on a “Global Health Insurance Card” (Ghic) however as but there aren’t any additional particulars obtainable.
Can I nonetheless drive overseas?
The excellent news is that UK motorists won’t want an International Driving Permit to drive in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
The unhealthy information is that EU nations will nonetheless have the ability to pursue UK drivers for offences comparable to dashing, failure to put on a seatbelt, utilizing bus lanes, not stopping at a crimson mild, not carrying a motorcycle helmet or utilizing bus lanes.
What do I must find out about my motor insurance coverage?
From January 1 you have to a “Green Card” – an official, multilingual translation of your automotive insurance coverage that reveal you meet the minimal cowl necessities for the nation you’re visiting.
The UK authorities says:
You ought to plan to hold one for the car you’re driving in the EU, EEA, Switzerland, Serbia or Andorra, from 1 January 2021. This consists of driving in Ireland.
You might want to plan as a result of that is prone to be free to acquire, your insurer will want round two weeks to course of it. Carry the unique with you.
Will flights be affected?
So far, flights appear unaffected by BREXIT between the UK and the European Union from January 1, 2021. This is what the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, mentioned earlier this 12 months:
The authorities’s precedence is to make sure that flights can proceed to function safely, securely and punctually between the UK/EU at the finish of transition interval, no matter the end result of negotiations.
“Air travel is important for each the UK and the EU in connecting folks and facilitating commerce and tourism, and we’re assured measures shall be in place to permit for continued air connectivity past the finish of 2020.
What about cross-Channel transport comparable to Ferries, Eurotunnel and Eurostar?
All companies are prone to function as scheduled. The National Audit Office (NAO) warns that motorists taking their vehicles to France on ferries from Dover or Eurotunnel from Folkestone may face waits of as much as two hours as soon as the Brexit transition ends and that queues may very well be “much longer” in summer time.
Eurostar has already been disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s unclear how quickly it will return to regular.
Mobile roaming and utilizing the web overseas?
The EU-wide ban on roaming fees for telephone calls and the web will now not apply leaving cell firms freedom to deliver again fees from January 1 2021. You can count on your cell operator to contact you with their particular person intentions and fees.
However, the authorities says it’s going to cap the most for cell information utilization whereas overseas at £49 monthly except the consumer positively agrees to pay extra.
The present EU pet passport scheme will now not apply. You should get hold of an animal well being certificates out of your vet. You should get this at the very least 10 days earlier than you travel to travel together with your pet. This consists of travel from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.