Flying After Brexit
Can I still use my passport to fly to Europe after Brexit?
British passports that were issued before March 29th 2019 will still be valid to travel within Europe until 11pm on that day. All British passports that expire after March 29th 2019 will continue to be accepted as travel documents, but will lose the right of free movement within the 27 EU countries. From the 30th March 2019, 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 in October 2019.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?
British citizens travelling to Europe after Brexit will need to ensure they have at least six months on their passport beyond the date of travel. The European commission has also confirmed that, after 2021, 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 29th March 2019, 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 29th March 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 March 29th 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. After March 29th 2019, when the UK leaves the European Union, 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.
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 March 2019.