With today being the day we leave the European Union, it is worth recapping what will change when we travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and what that can mean for travelling throughout the region.
YOU CAN TRAVEL TO EUROPE AS NORMAL IN 2020!
Until 1 January 2021 nothing will change. We will still have all the same privileges we have now, including the use of EU FastTrack, passport validity, EHIC health cards, pet passports and driving licences.
NEXT YEAR WE DON’T KNOW AT THE MOMENT, BUT BE PREPARED:
From 1 January 2021 you will need to have at least 6 months remaining on your passport, but for the passport to be no more than 10 years old (most passports issued from Summer 2019 are only 10 year passports). The exception to this being Ireland where you can travel just as long as its valid.
The European Health Insurance Card may not be valid from January 2021, it is recommended to have a comprehensive travel insurance policy, which include pre-existing medical conditions (if applicable).
You may need an International Driving Permit when driving in Europe, and there will be a different system which allows pets to travel.
Of course, over the next 11 months we will have a clearer picture post January 2021, but for this year at least it is business as usual!