Prepare for EU Exit: Travel Insurance and Passports

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Europe is one of the most popular destinations for UK travellers. In 2017 there were roughly 58 million journeys made from the UK to European Union destinations. Brexit will have an affect on UK travellers; it is important to become aware of the changes and how it may effect your upcoming trips.

Travel Insurance

If you are travelling to the EU after 29th March 2019, it is important that you have travel insurance that includes health cover and cover for any possible disruptions to your trip. Some UK travellers may currently hold a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but these may not be valid after 29th March if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Therefore, if you are planning to visit a country in the EU/EEA or Switzerland on or after that date, it is vital that you buy travel insurance.

If you are unsure, check the FCO advice for Foreign Travel Insurance.

If you have already taken out a travel insurance policy, your insurer should let you know of any changes to your policy once the UK has left the EU. It is your responsibility to take extra care when reading the terms and conditions. If you have any questions regarding your policy, you should pursue these with your insurer.

Passports

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Please make sure you check that your passport is still valid before travelling to EU destinations after 29th March. You may need to renew your passport earlier than planned if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Check your passport on the governments website.

You should be aware that some rules for travel to most countries in Europe change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

  • Every traveller must have at least 6 months left on their passport from the date of arrival – this applies to both adults and children.
  • If your passport has been renewed before it expired, 9 extra months may have been added to your new passports expiry date. Any additional months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel for most countries in Europe.

We hope that your planned trips go ahead without any complications and look out for more information on the blog in the coming weeks, as we aim to Prepare for the EU exit. For up to date advice on travelling to the EU visit the FCO website.

Posted by Holly Burgess

Holly Burgess

Holly is a freelance blogger and actor based in West London. She enjoys writing about travel and theatre culture, and reviews productions for Theatrical Insight.

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