EU travel costs
Are there any other EU travel costs or changes after Brexit?
If you’re a tourist, you won't need a visa for short trips to EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, you may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel. You may also need to show a return or onward ticket, and that you have enough money for the length of your stay.
You should check each country’s travel advice page for information on how to get a visa or permit. Travel to Ireland has not changed. You’ll also be able to work in Ireland in the same way as before. Find out more here.
Meanwhile, the usual fluctuations in the pound’s value against the euro mean you might feel like you have more or less to spend when you’re abroad in the coming months.
Get your travel money delivered to your home in the UK for free with our Foreign Currency service. The minimum order amount is £50, and you can also collect in branch.
Find out more about our Foreign Currency service.
How else will travel to the EU be affected?
To travel to the EU (excluding Ireland), your passport needs to have at least six months left before it expires, and be less than 10 years old.
If your passport is due to expire in the next six months, now’s the time to renew it. A standard passport costs £75.50 to renew, although you can pay more for a quicker service.
If you are travelling to the EU with pets, you won’t be able to use the pet passport scheme. Instead, you will need to apply for an Animal Health Certificate (AHC). Allow at least one month to apply for this and get the relevant vaccinations for your pet. Find out more here.
If you are planning to drive abroad and are taking your own car, you’ll need a Green Card from your insurance company and a GB sticker that’s clearly visible on your car. You may also need an International Driving Permit to drive in some EU countries and Norway if you have a paper licence or a licence issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man.
It’s also the case that you’ll need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in some countries from 2021. Check if you need an IDP.
If you’re taking your own vehicle, you’ll also need a ‘green card’ document from your insurance company, and a GB sticker clearly visible on your car.
When the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, there may be new arrangements for British passport holders checking in for flights, so allow extra time if you’re checking in at the airport.
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