Brexit: Travelling into Europe after 1st January 2021

Below we have put together the latest advice and guidance on Brexit in an attempt to address some of the most common questions that we have been asked by our customers. Please feel free to contact is if you need further clarification on any of these points. If we don’t know the answer, we will try to find someone who does!

Do I need to renew my passport?

Do I need to renew my passport?

If you’re travelling to the EU from 1st January 2021, you may need to renew your passport earlier, as it will need to be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left) and it will need to have at least 6 months left validity. To check the requirements for different countries, please follow this link: https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport

These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland. You can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

If your passport is burgundy or has ‘European Union’ on the cover, you can continue to use it until it expires.

Due to the current challenges of Covid-19, the waiting time for processing passport renewals is longer than 3 weeks, so please allow sufficient time for the application. To renew a passport, please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport/renew

Will I need a VISA to travel into the EU?

Will I need a VISA to travel into the EU?

If you’re a tourist, you will not need a visa for short trips to EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

Brussels has said that British visitors will be visa-exempt 'third-country nationals' initially, which means that there’s no need for an application in advance. But within a couple of years, British citizens will be subject to the new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which the EU is working to impose no later than 2022. To read more about this visa scheme, please follow this link: https://www.etiaseurope.eu/

At border control in the EU, you may need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay
  • use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing

If I want to drive to EU countries, will I need to get another driving licence?

If I want to drive to EU countries, will I need to get another driving licence?

A British driving licence will continue to be classed as a Europe-wide permit until the end of 2020. After that, it is possible that some EU countries will insist on an International Driving Permit.

Full details about International Driving Permits, including what permit you need for each country can be found by clicking here: https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad/international-driving-permit.

There are a number of different permits available for different countries within the EU, so you should check carefully which permit is required for each country you intend to drive within, as you may need more than one permit to comply with the law.

If required, International Driving Permits cost £5.50 and are available directly from the Post Office.

The Government is also advising that you will need a GB sticker for your car when driving in the EU after Brexit. If you’re taking your own vehicle, you might also need a ‘green card’ - a certificate extending the travel insurance to the minimum legal requirements in EU countries, which will be provided by the car insurance company.

Will I still get free health care?

Will I still get free health care?

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. Your EHIC will be valid up to 31st December 2020.

The Travel Network Group has always advised holidaymakers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC.

When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important travellers take out travel insurance and check that it covers their current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.

If I already have travel insurance in place, will this cease to be valid after 1st January 2021?

If I already have travel insurance in place, will this cease to be valid after 1st January 2021?

Some travel insurance policies only cover certain types of disruption. Check your provider’s terms and conditions to make sure you have the cover you need if your travel is cancelled or delayed.

Your consumer rights will not change from 1 January 2021. This means that if your travel is cancelled or delayed you may be able to claim a refund or compensation. Check your booking’s terms and conditions to find out more.

What are the new rules with regards to mobile roaming?

What are the new rules with regards to mobile roaming?

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK. If the UK leaves without a deal these rules will no longer apply – however, some UK companies have said they may continue to offer this benefit to their customers. Before travel, holidaymakers should check with their mobile phone provider about the costs of using their phone in the EU.

A new law means that you’re protected from getting mobile data charges above £45 without you knowing. Once you reach £45, you need to opt in to spend more so that you can continue using the internet while you’re abroad. Your phone operator will tell how you can do this.

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Scheduled Battlefield Tours 2021

  • Somme Walk
    (26th - 30th May 2021)
  • Somme Cycle
    (14th – 18th June 2021) and (18th – 22nd September 2021)
  • Ypres Cycle
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  • Normandy Cycle
    (20th – 25th June 2021)

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Cycling the Somme

Somme Cycling Tour
Discover the Somme Battlefield

Cycle in the footsteps of the thousands of men who served on the Somme a century ago. Little has changed in the rolling countryside of Picardy as we cycle 75 miles over 4 days along quiet country lanes and tracks.

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Pedal to Passchendaele

Ypres Cycling Tour
Pedal to Passchendaele

Explore the half- moon shaped ‘Salient’ around Ypres – the eternal bond between the Belgian and British nations. Using quiet country roads and excellent cycle paths we will cover some 90 miles in our 4 day stay.

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The D-Day Cycling Tour

Normandy Cycling Tour
The D Day Landing Beaches

Discover the D-Day landing beaches following quiet tracks and lanes and take in the stunning coastal scenery. The cycle, spread out over 5 days, covers a distance of 140 miles and enables a detailed examination of these momentous events.

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New Tour Cycle Arnhem - A Bridge Too Far

Cycle Arnhem
A Bridge Too Far

Discover the major landmarks of the Battle of Arnhem in World War II. From the John Frost Bridge at Arnhem to the Airborne Museum at Oosterbeek , this cycle tells the story of courage and fortitude in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Operation Dynamo and the Dunkirk Evacuation

Operation Dynamo and the Dunkirk Evacuation
Calais/Dunkirk/Ypres/Eperlecques/Calais

“The ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk has become one of the most lasting images of the Second World War. The dramatic rescue in May 1940 had much to do with the bravery and tenacity of the soldiers who stayed behind.

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Freewheel the Western Front

Cycle The British Front Line
Freewheel the Western Front

Discover the entirety of the British front line, from the flat plains of Flanders Fields in the north to the rolling countryside of Picardy in the south. A distance of over 150 miles along cycle paths and quiet lanes.

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Walking the Somme

Walking the Somme

Explore the rolling countryside of Picardy as we walk along quiet country lanes and tracks to bring to life the battlefields of the Somme. Based in Albert, there is also an opportunity to discover the sites around Vimy Ridge. The beauty of the Somme countryside is the perfect place for walking.

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Walking the D-Day Landing Beaches

Walking the D-Day Landing Beaches

Discover the D-Day landing beaches following quiet tracks and lanes and take in the stunning coastal scenery. The walks, spread out over 5 days, cover a distance of approximately 54 miles and enable a detailed examination of these momentous events.

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Exploring the Ypres Salient

Exploring the Ypres Salient

Explore the Ypres Salient on quiet country lanes and footpaths. An opportunity to get off the beaten track, as we walk a distance of just over 40 miles in our 4 day stay. An opportunity to take home some lasting memories of an area now at peace, but once the scene of indescribable carnage.

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