TRAVEL AS USUAL!
Following more than four decades of partnership, the United Kingdom left the European Union at 23:00 GMT on Friday 31st of January 2020, entering a transition period that will last until the 31st of December 2020.
During this transition period, EU law will continue to apply and the UK and its aviation sector will continue to participate in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) system as well as being party to the EU Air Services Regulation and continue to be included in existing third country agreements (see CAA advice: https://www.caa.co.uk/Our-work/About-us/Brexit/).
So, what will change now that the UK has left the European Union?
Nothing for now! During the transition period, the rules will remain the same when travelling to or from the EU. The UK Government aims to ensure that transport connectivity will continue. What happens after the transition period relies on how negotiations play out over the coming months.
British passports will continue to be accepted, as long as these are in date, and will continue to be valid until their expiry after Brexit. EU citizen gates will be used as normal. Blue passports will be sent across the UK in the next few months.
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
EHICs will continue to be valid and this is guaranteed until the end of the transition period. For those who started their trip in the EU before the UK leaves the trade bloc, the card will continue to be valid even if the scheme ends. The government is advising everyone to buy health insurance, as they would do for a non-EU destination.
Driving in the EU
Driving will also remain unchanged until the transition period ends.
All British mobiles will still work in the EU.
Travel & holiday money
There will be no changes in currency but the rate at which you buy euros may fluctuate.
Importing cigarettes and alcohol from the EU
During the transition period the rules and limits currently in place will remain the same. Some rules will temporarily change but the government stated that travellers will still be able to buy duty-free tobacco and alcohol when travelling to the EU.