Will my current passport be valid for travel to Europe after Brexit?
YES. Your current passport will still be valid for travel to during the transition period and after we have left the EU. However, as always you should check the issue date of your passport before you book.
Will I need an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) visa?
From 2021, UK visitors travelling to the Schengen area will need to complete an online application prior to travel. This is the ETIAS visa – valid for 3 years and allowing unlimited entries into Europe during that time.
Regardless of Brexit, you should always check that you are covered to drive in Europe with your insurance provider. It may be necessary to obtain and carry a Green Card, demonstrating the validity of your insurance when driving abroad. These are provided by your insurance company, often at no cost.
Will there be long queues at ports for tourist traffic?
Additional checks will apply mainly to the freight/commercial sector and British passport holders travelling to Europe for leisure purposes, should not experience many changes to the way they currently travel through the ferry ports.
What about customs entering Europe from the UK?
There may be a change in customs requirements which could result in the need to declare some goods purchased in the UK, as well as restrictions on transporting some food items into Europe from the UK.