A day before the United Kingdom left the European Union, the government revealed that British holidaymakers and business travelers to the EU are facing severe changes after the expiry of the transition agreement on December 31st.
Many aspects of the trip were previously uncertain, but it appears that the government has already decided that it will be a difficult Brexit for visitors to the remaining 27 countries of the European Union.
For the rest of 2020, no travel regulations will change. But once the transition is over, visitors to Europe will face far more bureaucracies and expenses than the travel industry had previously hoped for.
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The new online advice says that the guarantee of free roaming for mobile phones across the EU will end.
Motorists will need a “green card” – a certificate that extends their travel insurance in Europe.
“Allow a month to get this from your vehicle insurance company,” says the government.
It was already known that UK passports will be subject to new validity rules, which means that someone who has almost 15 months to run on a British passport may be denied boarding on a flight to Europe.
The government has now confirmed that British travelers will have to use “separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens during queues”.
The provisions for the pet passport will also be removed. Travelers wishing to travel with their dog or cat (or ferret) are told: “Contact the vet at least four months before leaving.”
A pet owner who hopes to travel for New Years 2021 should start planning on August 1, 2020.
Boris Johnson’s administration also confirmed that Northern Ireland will be treated differently from the rest of the United Kingdom in terms of duty-free purchases from the Republic.
While visitors from Britain will be able to bring duty free spirits and tobacco home from Ireland, those returning to Northern Ireland will not.
Other aspects of the journey after Brexit remain unclear, including whether the UK will continue to be part of the European health insurance card system and whether drivers will need international driving licenses.
UK business travelers have been told that they will not enjoy special status by 2021, which will increase red tape and costs.
The government warns: “You will have to follow the same rules as the rest of the world when transferring goods European Union countries “.
Currently, companies can freely move equipment and samples across the EU. But by 2021, they will have to pay £ 326 for an ATA carnet (“Temporary Admission / Temporary Admission”).