Last updated: 29 July 2021, 14:58
We understand that Brexit may be in the back of your mind when it comes to going abroad now the transition period for leaving the European Union has ended. That’s why we’ve put together some handy info and guidance on everything we know so far.
Please remember this information can change and is correct at the time of publish. It’s best you keep checking the government website for the latest information.
For all trips to the European Union, Switzerland and Iceland from 1 January 2021, there are three key things you need to do before you take off:
Please always check foreign travel advice in plenty of time to make sure your passport is valid for travel. As the UK’s no longer part of the European Union, most EU countries now require UK passports to be less than ten years old and still be valid for at least three months at the time you're due to leave their country. Check the date of issue on your passport to work out whether it meets this criteria.
Your EHIC will still be valid until it expires, but we recommend you have comprehensive travel insurance which includes cover for any pre-existing conditions. If you apply for an EHIC now, you'll get a GHIC, a new UK equivalent, instead. Find out more here.
If you’re hiring a car, you may need an International Driving Permit if you have a paper licence or one that was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man. Find out more here.
For more information on Brexit, please visit gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit