Post-Brexit driving in Europe
With the deadline for the UK to leave the EU drawing ever closer, there is still an enormous amount of uncertainty, with one point of concern being travelling to Europe after Brexit. The travel industry and UK holidaymakers are concerned as to what the rules are going to be after Brexit, particularly if it turns out to be a no-deal withdrawal as passport regulations would likely undergo drastic changes. Britons travelling to Spain have already been given warnings that five-hour delays are expected and millions have been instructed to ensure that their travel documents have been renewed in order to make certain that their travel to Europe will be guaranteed.
Flying from the UK to Europe post-Brexit
The UK government and the European Commission have already given assurances that flights between them will carry on as usual, though the UK government says that some flights could be disrupted if EU countries fail to give some airlines permission to use their airspace, with only “basic interconnectivity” so far being promised by the Commission. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has previously claimed that there remains uncertainty for both airlines and travellers and that a no-deal Brexit could see higher prices and caps placed on flights. The IATA’s CEO and Director General Alexandre de Juniac said that with time running out, airlines are still in the dark as to the plans that they should be making post-Brexit, and that the UK and EU should make it a priority to find a solution as travellers plan holidays and business trips and airlines try to plan their growth in order to meet demand.
Driving in the EU post-Brexit
An international driving permit may be needed to drive in countries in the EU if a no-deal Brexit takes place, according to official government advice. Those who are currently living in an EU country but already have a UK driving licence should get hold of a local licence prior to the final deadline, after which a new driving test may also be required. Business travellers and holidaymakers who want to use their cars on the continent have been warned that they will require a green card, as will those going over the Irish border by road, if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead. Private companies and motorists have been instructed to get in touch with their insurance providers a month prior to travel if they do not want to break the law, and the same rules also apply to motorists in the European Economic Area who wish to travel to the UK.
Visas for countries in the EU post-Brexit
Last year, the EU confirmed that after Brexit, travellers will need to pay out €7 every three years in order to go to Schengen countries. If a deal is reached, then holidaymakers will need a three-year pre-travel authorisation known as ETIAS rather than a visa, which take just minutes to fill out and is similar to the scheme utilised by the US. However, visas may be required if no deal is reached.
Passport holiday rules post-Brexit
Travellers should have a minimum of six months remaining on passports after arriving in EU countries following 29 March, according to the Home Office.