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Brexit Information for Egencia’s Travellers

Last updated: January 4, 2021

Business travel between from the U.K. and the EU

In addition to general actions that all travellers need to take (described below), there are extra actions to take if you are travelling to the EU for business. See the U.K. government website on describing business travel after Brexit.

Businesses will have to consider whether their U.K. workers need a permit to travel for business to the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The U.K. government advises travellers to check the entry requirements for the country they're visiting. The U.K. has created individual country guides.

General information for travellers from the UK to the  EU

To find information about travelling to Europe from the U.K., see Visit Europe from 1 January 2021.

These articles contain important travel information, including advice about passport validity and customs.

We’ve provided some key information below.

Passport

If you’re planning on travelling from the U.K. to Europe, you might need to renew your passport earlier than you had planned. Before you travel to most European countries you should have at least six months left on your passport upon your date of arrival.

If you renewed a passport before it expired, up to nine extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.

  • To check whether you have enough time left on your U.K. passport, use the Check a passport for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021 tool, which will help you determine whether you need to renew your U.K. passport.
  • For more details about passport renewal, see Passport rules for travel to Europe.

Travelling by plane

Both the U.K. government and the European Commission have put plans in place to ensure that airlines will still be able to operate flights between the U.K. and the EU.The recent deal maintains the ongoing mutual operation of flights.

Be sure to check the terms and conditions of your ticket, have comprehensive travel insurance, and check with the airline if you have any questions.

Travelling by train (Eurostar)

Both the U.K. government and the European Commission have put plans in place to ensure that the Eurostar trains will still be able to operate between the U.K. and the EU.

Be sure to check the terms and conditions of your ticket, have comprehensive travel insurance, and check with Eurostar if you have any questions.

For more details about Eurostar and Brexit, see Eurostar.

Travelling in the U.K. and EU by car

 You may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to your U.K. license to drive to the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries depending on the country you are travelling to or through. Drivers holding EU or EEA licenses will not need an IDP to drive to the U.K.

For specific IDP details, see Driving abroad.

For general driving information, such as vehicle registration, insurance, and number plates and national identifiers, see Driving in the EU after Brexit.

IDPs are not applicable to those who use a U.K. license but are residents of another country.

Good to know

  • The U.K. government provides country- and territory-specific information on the its Foreign travel advice page to help you prepare for travel after the Brexit.
  • Be sure to check online with the airline or other travel supplier for the latest travel information to avoid any possible delays. 
  • We strongly recommend checking the latest government advice before you travel, from both the country you’re departing from, and the country you’re travelling to.
  • You may need to obtain travel insurance that provides health coverage in Europe. After Brexit, your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid. For more information see Foreign travel insurance.

General information for all travellers from the EU to the U.K.

For information about travelling to the U.K. from the EU, see Visiting the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, and refer to the applicable government website that provides the most updated information.

From France to the U.K.: https://brexit.gouv.fr/sites/brexit/accueil/vous-etes-francais/modalites-de-voyage.html

From Germany to the U.K.: https://uk.diplo.de/uk-en/02/information-on-brexit

For other European countries, please select the following link and click on the relevant country flag: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/national-contact-points-or-websites-dedicated-uk-withdrawal-related-information_en

Data protection

If you would like more information about Egencia’s data protection and privacy position in general, please see our client FAQ’s, accessible in English, French, and German:

Country Link
France https://www.egencia.com/fr/conformite-europeenne-en-matiere-de-protection-des-donnees-faqs
Germany https://www.egencia.co.uk/de/egencia-befolgung-der-europaeischen-datenschutzvorschriften-und-der-dsgvo
United Kingdom https://www.egencia.com/en/eu-data-protection-compliance-faqs?_ga=2.163268924.1445649823.1608218759-631452379.1606293684

The information provided is for general guidance and may be updated from time to time in light of official travel guidelines. 

We strongly recommend checking the latest government advice before you travel, from both the country you’re departing from, and the country you’re travelling to. Government advice is frequently updated, so please remember to check it every time you travel. 

Please note that the information provided is not a substitute for and does not constitute legal advice.