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How will Brexit affect
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Britain left the European Union on the 31st January 2020. Find out how this will affect your flights, holiday and travel documents before your trip.

Will Flights be affected by Brexit?

 

The UK government have assured the public that flights will continue as normal. The government added that security procedures in the airport won't change for direct flights to and from the UK, and that there should not be any delays at airport security if you change flights in airports within the EU.

Although the UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020, otherwise known as 'Brexit Day', there's going be a transition period where the UK and EU will work out the future of their relationship. This means that until the end of 2020 (at least), nothing will change for UK passengers and they will be able to travel as if they're still a member of the EU.

Beyond the transition period, it will depend on the agreement that the EU and UK come to, which is still being negotiated. However, as mentioned, the UK government has assured the public that flights will continue as normal.

Flying After Brexit

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Can I still use my passport to fly to Europe after Brexit?

The UK left the EU on 31st January 2020 but it will take at least until the end of 2020 for the UK to fully remove itself from the EU. This means that passport rules will remain the same until the end of 2020, at the least.

Once the transition period is over, new passports are issued, the words 'European Union' will be removed from the cover and first page of British passports, but the colour of newly issued passports will remain the same. New, blue passports will begin to be issued. For more information about your rights as a British passport holder, please visit our travel documents page.

Will British people need a visa to fly to Europe after Brexit?

There will be no requirements for a visa to EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland until the end of 2020. This is part of the transition period which means British citizens will be able to travel without a visa as they do currently until 2020.

After the transition is complete, tourists from the UK will be allowed to visit EU countries for up to 90 days in every 180 days period without the need to obtain a visa. However, UK citizens will not be able to work or study in the UK. The EU has stated that this rule will remain in place as long as the UK applies the same visa-free travel regulation for EU citizens visiting the UK.

How will Brexit affect package holidays?

If you are a British citizen who has booked a package holiday in Europe after the 31st January 2020, you will need to ensure you have at least six months remaining on your passport in order for it to be valid for travel. As package holidays are often 90 days or less, UK citizens won't be required to obtain a visa for a package holiday in an EU country.

Is my EHIC still valid after Brexit?

The European Health Insurance Card gives EU citizens the right to receive medical attention under the same conditions as citizens native to the country you are visiting. If there is a deal, British citizens will continue to get healthcare provided by the state in the EU if you have an EHIC card.

The European Health Insurance Card will remain valid in the transition period of Brexit (until the end of 2020 at least). However, whether it will be valid past the transition period will depend on the terms that the UK and the EU come to.

How will Brexit affect American travellers?

So far, it is expected that travel from the US and Canada to Britain and the EU will remain largely unchanged. This is due to the fact that Britain has never been part of the Schengen region and passengers already have to go through passport control between Britain and other European nations.

 

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