Post Brexit Travel

Government has said that the UK will leave the EU on the 31st of October. This means if you plan to holiday in Europe after this date, you’ll need to think about the effects this will have on your travels. Here are some useful points on how Brexit might affect your travel plans.

Is your passport valid?

Passport requirements when travelling to a country in the EU are changing. This means that you will need to:

  • Have at least 6 months remaining on your passport (from the date you return)
  • Have a passport that was issued within the last 10 years (even if it has 6 months or more remaining)

  • If you do not meet these requirements, then you may not be able to travel to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and/or Switzerland.

    Use this handy tool to check whether your passport is valid for the country you plan to visit.

    European Health Insurance post Brexit

    One thing to keep in mind after Brexit is that your EHI card may not be valid anymore. So if you have a pre-existing medical condition, make sure you get insurance that covers you for it.

    Driving? You may need an IDP

    If you plan on driving while in Europe after Brexit, you should check if you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) which is required to drive in places where a UK licence is not deemed sufficient on its own. Jump on the Post Office website to check if you need an IDP for where you’re travelling to.

    Mobile data roaming

    The guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will come to an end. So you’ll need to check with your phone carrier to find out what roaming charges may apply to make sure you don't get stung!

    For the latest government updates on Brexit and its travel impacts, sign up to email alerts.

    Money, money, money

    If you’re worried about how the pound will react post-Brexit it may be a good idea to sign up to our rate alert service. We keep an eye on the markets and notify our customers when landmark rates are achieved. Once you’re happy with the rate you then have a couple of options.

  • You can order travel cash. We offer free next day delivery on over 35 currencies. All deliveries are carried out and insured by Royal Mail Special Delivery.
  • Top-up your prepaid currency card. Don’t open yourself up to the fees and charges incurred by using a debit or credit card abroad.
  • Or, do both! We always recommend that you cover both bases when it comes to travel money.

  • Order or top-up your FairFX Euro Card before you go. Lock in a great rate every time you load and manage your card on the go through our mobile app.

    Order a FairFX Euro Card


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