Deal or No Deal - A road trip to Europe


Published on 05th March 2019

Your questions answered

Unless you have been living under a rock you will be aware that the UK is due to leave the EU this month, right before the Easter holidays.  We have had a few customers call and ask about matters relating to travelling through Europe after this time and so we have put together a mini question and answer guide for you. 

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Will I need a visa to get to Europe?

The European Commission has said UK travellers will not need a visa even if there is a no deal.

However, in the longer term British people will need to apply for a visa waiver to travel to Europe regardless of deal or no deal.  The ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) which will cost £6.30 and be valid for three years, won’t come into force until 2021.

Do I have to get a new passport?

If there is a deal, your passport will be valid until its date of expiry.

No deal? Then new rules will apply.  Our understanding is that your passport needs to have been issued within the past 10 years and the government is advising that it is valid for at least another six months after your arrival. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

Will I need a new driving licence?

If there is a deal, UK licence holders will be able to continue to drive in all EU and EEA countries using their current UK driving licence.

No deal? You may need an IDP (International Driving Permit) these cost £5.50 each and forms can be obtained from the Post Office.  Depending on where you are travelling you may need more than 1 as different countries have different IDP’s.  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/international-driving-permits-for-uk-drivers-from-28-march-2019

What about my dog?

If there is a deal it is expected that rules for travelling with your dog will not change.  However, in the event of no deal pet passports issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU.   Whether in a deal or no-deal scenario you will need to contact your vet at least four months before you plan to travel to get the latest advice. https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/brexit/will-i-be-able-to-travel-to-the-eu-with-my-dog-after-brexit-/

And we didn’t even mention the B word!!!

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