How Will Brexit Affect Travel To European Countries?

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Although the outcome of Brexit is still uncertain, this should not affect your holiday plans whatever the outcome should be. Although it may seem daunting to go ahead and book the flight with the immense amount of political uncertainty there are a number of locations that are amazing to visit regardless. So before you renew your EHIC Card and hop on the next flight we are going to look at how Brexit will affect travelling to Europe following the 29th of March deadline.


When travelling after the deadline of March 29th it is important to ensure that you have a passport that is in date. Although this is nothing new from before the UK withdrawing from the EU, there are new rules in place that are to be followed. Number one is that you must have at least 6 months left on your passport in order to travel. However, this should then be renewed upon return to the United Kingdom and rule number 2 is that you must be aware of the expiry date and that any additional months left over from the older passport may not be carried forward to the new passport when renewed. This is crucial to remember as this can have a profound effect on your ability to travel should you forget to renew it in time.

No Deal Brexit

In the event of a no deal Brexit, it is important to be aware of the guidelines that have been laid out for you. Although there is no solid evidence to suggest that travel may be disrupted as a result there is bound to be teething problems. Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, members of UK will be considered as a resident of a third country. This means that rules similar to that of United States nationals will need to be followed as a UK passport will no longer fall under an EU passport.

When travelling to countries within the Schengen Border Code in the event of a no deal Brexit, you will be required to have at least 3 months left on your passport in order to travel and be issued within 10 years. In order to travel effectively, you will need to make sure that your passport has a maximum of 9 years and 6 months left to avoid it expiring during the duration of the trip.

Travel Plans

If you have already booked your summer holiday then there is no reason panic as this will not be disrupted as a result of Brexit. It is important to ensure that you are aware of any rules that will change however as this could present challenges. There are a number of people still booking European holidays with an extensive list of add on’s, which clearly indicates that there is no sign of slowing down when it comes to us Brits enjoying our summer holiday.

Whether you decide to travel to Greece and soak up the Grecian sun or you opt for a trip to the historic capital of Rome, there are a number of amazing locations that you can visit to make the most of your annual summer holiday.

With a number of locations for you to choose from regardless of the outcome of Brexit, which one will you choose to visit in 2019?