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Travelling to the UK from the EU: What you need to know

Travelling abroad is always an adventure and with so much to see and do in the UK it is easy to see why it is such a popular destination. Following the recent changes to travel, it is likely if you are travelling from the EU you have a few questions surrounding your trip.

To help make planning easier for you we have answered a few commonly asked questions along with provided relevant links to government advice. To ensure that you have all the information you need before you set off on your travels, please check the government website and read their guidelines in full.

What documents do I need to enter the UK from the EU?

You can travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa if you’re a EU, EEA or Swiss citizen. You can come to the UK using a valid passport.

EU, EEA or Swiss national ID cards can only be used to enter the UK before 1st October 2021. They will no longer be valid after this date.

Can I still enter the UK with a passport that expires in less than six months?

As long as your passport is valid for the full duration of your time in the UK, yes, you can. You can find out more information here on the government website.

Have the rules changed surrounding bringing goods to the UK?

Some of the rules for bringing goods into the UK have changed. You can view the full details here.

Are non-UK driving licenses still valid in the UK?

Yes, visitors with a non-UK driving license can drive in the UK. You do not need an international driving permit. However, you will have to provide an insurance green card or other valid proof of insurance if you’re travelling in your own vehicle.

Will phone rates change when using my mobile phone in the UK?

This will entirely depend on your operator, it is a good idea to check with them before you travel if you’re unsure.

Will I still be able to bring my pet from the EU to the UK on holiday?

There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering Great Britain from the EU from 1 January 2021. Please check the current guidelines on travelling with pets to make sure you have the relevant documents.

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