Britons going abroad after Brexit should check Government ad campaign

Britons hoping to get abroad after Brexit are told whether they should ‘check, change or go’ to their chosen destination in new Government ad campaign

  • Holidaymakers planning trips to European Union urged to  prepare for new rules
  • Those with near-expiry passports may not be able to travel to most EU countries 
  • The current European Health Insurance Cards may no longer be valid next year

A public information campaign aimed at helping UK travellers prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period launches on Friday.

The Government initiative alerts holidaymakers planning trips to the European Union that new rules come into force on January 1.

Travellers are urged to visit gov.uk/transition to check what actions they may need to take before their trip.

Holidaymakers planning trips to European Union are urged to prepare for new rules which kick in on January 1

People are being warned they may not be allowed to travel to most EU countries if their passport does not have both six months left until it expires and is less than 10 years old.

European Health Insurance Cards may no longer be valid and holidaymakers should purchase “appropriate travel insurance”, according to the guidance.

Other warnings cover the potential need for international driving permits to drive in some countries, the switch to a different process for taking pets abroad which takes four months, and the end of the guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU.

Travellers should familiarise themselves on the new rules by visiting gov.uk/transition to check what actions they may need to take before their trip

Minister for the European neighbourhood Wendy Morton said: “The campaign launching today will help British nationals prepare for visits to Europe by bringing together all the information they need to know in one place so they can plan in advance and get on with their trip.”

The information campaign will be displayed in online and print publications and on social media.

Office for National Statistics figures show that UK residents made 67 million visits abroad to EU countries in 2019.

People are being warned they may not be allowed to travel to most EU countries if their passport does not have both six months left until it expires and is less than 10 years old

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of travel trade organisation Abta, said: “Europe is home to some of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers.

“Many people will be making plans for travelling to Europe next year, so Abta and its members are keen to work with the UK Government to make customers aware of any changes that will affect their travel arrangements.”

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