As of 1 February 2020, travel between the UK and EU countries will not change; you will be able to continue travelling as normal for leisure and business without the need for additional documentation etc. However, as of 1 January 2021 travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will be subject to changes, some of which may require advance preparation.
All travellers will need to check their passport to make sure that it has a last six months left and is less than ten years old. In addition, European Health Insurance Cards may become invalid from 1 January 2021, therefore it is important to have appropriate health insurance, which covers all pre-existing medical conditions.
Tourists will not need a visa for short trips of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, a visa or permit may be necessary for those who intend to stay longer, to work or study, or for business travel.
Again, starting from 1 January 2021, you may need extra documents to drive in Europe. Some countries will require an international driving permit (IDP). If travelling in your own vehicle, you will also need a ‘green card’ (which can take up to a month to receive from your vehicle insurance company) as well as a GB sticker. Click here to see which countries require an IDP.
Flights, ferries and cruises, the Eurostar and Eurotunnel, and bus and coach services between the UK & the EU will run as previously from 1 January 2021, and airport security procedures are not expected to change. However, at border control you may be asked to show a return or onward ticket, show that you have enough money for your stay, and use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens when queuing.
In addition, anyone travelling to the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Norway from 1 January 2021 is advised to be aware that free mobile roaming will end. While a new law means that you’re protected from accruing mobile data charges of over £45 without your knowledge, individuals should check with their phone operator to understand what roaming charges may apply from this date.
Business travellers may also be subject to further changes such as needing to make a customs declaration if you take goods to sell abroad or use for business and making sure you have the right documentation. Moreover, you may need to confirm whether your qualifications will be recognised in the EU and you may need to take out indemnity insurance for your employees.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of corporate travel advisors on 0191 285 0346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.