On December 24th 2020, the EU and UK reached a trade and cooperation agreement. January 1st 2021, The United Kingdom officially exited the EU. New rules apply to travel and business between the UK and Europe. One change is that EU rules on free movement will no longer apply to travel to and from the UK. Read this article to check what changed since the Brexit regarding travel. The information presented in this article is from the French government website (in French) and the British government website (English)
EU citizen – short visit in the UKIrish citizens can continue to enter and live in the UK. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. You can cross the UK border using a valid passport which should be valid for the whole time you are in the UK. You will be able to travel with your ID card only until October 1st 2021. After that you will need a valid passport unless you:
- have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
- have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit
- have a frontier worker permit
- are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
- are a Swiss Service Provider
EU citizen – Formation or Business Trip in the UKAs of January 1, 2021, you won’t need a visa for simple professional visits, training, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. You may participate in a wide range of activities including business-related activities such as meetings, events and conferences. You may enter the UK multiple times during that period but you may not live in the UK by means of frequent or successive visits. As a business visitor, you cannot:
- do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person
- do a work placement or internship
- sell directly to the public or provide goods and services
Driving in the UK
If you have a non-UK licenceVisitors with a non-UK driving licence can drive in the UK. If your permit is not in English, you’ll need a translation to accompany it. For now, you do not need an international driving permit (IDP), but this point is still in negotiation.
If your vehicle is not insured in the UKIf you have vehicle insurance issued in the EU, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia or Switzerland, you should carry an insurance green card or other valid proof of insurance. To be valid, other proof of insurance must be a document issued by the vehicle insurance provider which includes the:
- name of the insurance provider
- number plate or other identifying particulars of the vehicle
- period of insurance cover
Mobile phone in the UKHow much you pay for calls, texts and mobile data in the UK and the EU will depend on your operator. Please check before you travel.
Bringing your pet in the UKCheck the routes before you travel. You must travel using approved routes. Before they enter GB, all pets must be:
- vaccinated against rabies – your vet needs proof that your pet’s at least 12 weeks old before vaccinating them. Travellers with pets need to wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel into GB.
- You’ll need to take your dog to a vet for an approved tapeworm treatment if traveling from a country not free from tapeworm. You must do this no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering GB.
- an EU pet passport issued in the EU (or in GB if issued before 1 January 2021), or a pet passport from another Part 1 listed third country
- the animal health certificate (AHC) issued in GB used to travel to the EU – which you can use to re-enter GB for up to 4 months after it was issued
- a GB pet health certificate (for travel into GB only)
- sporting event