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Brexit

The UK has now left the EU. Find out all you need to know about how your travel to Europe may be affected.

At Click we’ve got a dedicated team working on the UK’s exit from the EU and we are continually monitoring how this could affect our customers. We are also CBI members and have been taking advantage of their lead position on Brexit negotiations throughout and using their senior team to work with on Brexit preparedness. The team at Click are here to ensure that the UK’s exit from the EU has the lowest possible impact on your travel plans.

The advice below relates to certain areas of business travel that have changed from 1 January 2021 onward.

The good news is that regardless of the UK’s exit from the EU, we are still able to claim compensation for delayed flights like before. If we want to get technical, this is because EU Passenger Rights Legislation was incorporated into UK law upon exit as part of the Withdrawal Act.
Passport rules have changed from 1 January 2021 and so you may need to renew your passport sooner than you thought. The Government has said that passports should have at least 6 months of validity remaining (and be no older than 9 years and 6 months). If your passport does not match these rules then you could be denied entry into Europe.

Note – These rules do not apply to Ireland and you can still travel there in the same way as before 1 January 2021.

Visa-free travel to the EU for UK nationals has been agreed for short stays of up to 90 days in a 180 day period.

For longer stays for work or for business travel, you may require a visa. The advice is different depending on the country you are travelling to, so check each country’s travel advice page for information on how to get a visa or permit.

Travel between different EU countries and travel to the EU for leisure will also count towards the 90 day total (if it is within the same 180 day period) so if you exceed this you may also need a visa to continue to travel to the EU.

There may also be some slight changes at border control when visiting Europe now. You may need to show a return or onward ticket and show you have enough money for your stay.

Note – These rules do not apply to Ireland and you can still travel there in the same way as before 1 January 2021.

Eurostar and Eurotunnel services will be running as before.
Licences and Documentation:

In order to drive in some countries in the EU you may now need an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with your UK licence.

IDP’s will cost £5.50 and you can apply for them through the Post Office. There are two different types of permit depending on which country you are visiting; to check which type you need you can go to the Post Office site or you can read more Government advice about it here.

Insurance:

Also, following 1 January 2021 if you plan on taking your car to the EU you may also need a ‘Green Card’ (but not if you are renting a car locally, so don’t worry on that front all you’ll need is the IDP). A Green Card is a physical document that you will need to carry to prove that you have sufficient insurance when driving in Europe. You can get a Green card from your insurer.

You will also need your log book (V5C), your insurance certificate and a GB sticker for your car if you want to take it to the EU after 1 January 2021.

Business travel to the UK

EU, EEA or Swiss Citizens who need to travel to the UK for short business trips i.e. less than 6 months will not need a visa.
The UK’s new point based immigration system means you can continue to visit the UK without applying for a visa and in most cases you can stay for up to 6 months. You can cross the UK border using a valid passport which should be valid for the whole time of your stay.
If the intended business trip will exceed 6 months then you may require a visa. The following link will give you more information about visiting the UK on a business trip and help you establish whether you need to apply for a visa to support your intended business travel.

Driving in the UK

If you have a non-UK licence you can still continue to drive in the UK and you don’t need an IDP (International Driving Permit)

If your vehicle is not insured in the UK you should carry an insurance green card or other valid proof of insurance issued by your insurer which must include: name of the insurance provider, number plate or other identifying particulars of the vehicle and period of insurance cover. If your vehicle is insured in a country outside of the green card scheme, then you’ll also need UK vehicle insurance.

For the full government information on visiting the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss Citizen please see the following resource: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-as-an-eu-eea-or-swiss-citizen

*Please be aware that this information is reflective of the current advice that has been issued by the Government. Our Brexit working party is updating this page regularly.

For the official Government advice and the areas which could be affected, you can check out the following resources:

We are here to help and as always we will be working with all of our customers to support and help assist with travel plans.

Visiting Europe after 1st Jan 2021

If you have any other queries please contact: brexit@clicktravel.com