Travel advice checklist for when the UK leaves the EU

We are all about to start planning our summer holidays in the UK. However, many British tourist are still quite confused about the changes they may face when travelling abroad after Brexit.

As most of those people have European cities as main destinations such as Portugal during their summer holidays, it’s time to step forward and understand the changes will occur after the European Union exit.

The government already released a list of guidance to instruct British citizens going or being abroad, and it is worth it to be read before packing your bags.

There is no reason(ish) to panic. But here is the practical guide to avoid headache when abroad after our European Union exit:

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Visa or not visa

The government has advised British citizens that won’t be necessary to have a visa for short trips after Brexit. “There would be no immediate changes to travel if the UK agrees a deal to leave the EU. The rules would be the same until at least 2020.”. Let’s expect those rules stands.

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Is travel insurance necessary?

Yes, of course. As any other travel plan that you have done in the past, it’s always a good deal to search for a travel insurance that covers all your needs, especially if you consider sports activities or you have any medical conditions.

Remember the European Health Insurance Care (EHIC) is the document that allows British citizens to access heath care in Eu countries. But in case of a no-deal Brexit, this document won’t be valued anymore.

In this case, it’s better to check your travel insurance policies, before going abroad.

Another good way of preventing a bigger headache is doing your research, looking for legal advice companies like AWH Solicitors in Manchester in case you are involved in personal injuries in serious injuries or serious accidents.

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Passport check

Apart your own presence, your passport is always a must needed thing you need going abroad. But you know I, right?

For this reason, it’s extremely necessary to check the dates your passport expires. It’s recommended to have six months left on the documents before its expiring date, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a reaching an EU destination or not. You can check the validation of your passport here.

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What about ferries, trains and coaches’ trips?

No reason to panic here. It doesn’t matter if you are crossing the boarders by ferries, trains or coaches, those means of transportation are going to still operating under international rules that are the same for most of the countries.

However, it’s always recommended to double check about on the website of the company you are travelling with.

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Driving licences

Full UK drive licenses are allowed to be used in the EU countries. But it may change if we have to face a no-deal Brexit. In this case, it’s better to look for information about driving permitting and regulations before travelling.

Sometimes, it’s worth it to invest in an International drive permit. Remember to also check the kind of permission available for each country. They may be different.

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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