Flying After Brexit
Can I still use my passport to fly to Europe after Brexit?
If the UK agrees a deal to leave the UK, there will generally be no immediate change to travel. The rules will remain the same until 2020 at least.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will need to check their passport is still valid if they are travelling after 31st January 2020:
Passports will need to have at least 6 months validity on them, and be less than 10 years old, even if it does have 6 months or more left on them.
All British passports that expire after 31st January 2020 will continue to be accepted as travel documents, but will lose the right of free movement within the 27 EU countries. After Britain leaves the EU and 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?
If there is a deal arranges, 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.
If there is a no deal Brexit, it has been proposed that travellers will not need a visa for short trips of under 90 days in any 180 day period. It has also been proposed that after the leave date, UK citizens will have to pay a 7€ EUR fee for a travel permit after Brexit. This will normally have to be purchased at least 72 hours before departure and will remain valid for up to three years.
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 well as this, passengers flying during the week of the 31st October should expect possible flight delays. This is because, if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, flight departures will be capped at the same level as 2018. Therefore, any new flight departures that have been added by airlines since 2018 may have to be cancelled. Passengers travelling the week of 31st January 2020 should make sure to check with their airline before travelling to the airport. Passengers who have booked package holidays may be more likely to be rewarded compensation if they're flights are disrupted by a no deal Brexit, however, as Brexit is considered an external influence beyond the control of travel companies, the chance of compensation may be unlikely.
Is my EHIC still valid after Brexit?
The European Health Insurane 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 a EHIC card.
However, after 31st January 2020, if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, British citizens may lose the right to use their EHIC to access healthcare in European countries. The government is still in negotiations about what may replace it, however, it is thought that travellers will still be able to use their card until 2020. You should ensure that you are covered with appropriate health insurance in any situation before travelling.
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. However, non-EU citizens travelling to the UK and between the UK and mainland Europe may want to prepare for delays, especially if Britain leave the EU without a deal in January 2020.
How will Brexit affect Border control?
If theres no deal, passengers travelling through border control may have to adhere to extra measures, such as showing a return or onwards ticket and showing or proving you have enough money for the duration of your stay. You may also have to queue in a separate lane from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.