European Travel Post Brexit

January 28, 2020



Here on our DFDS blog we like to share all the great places you can visit across Europe. With the UK leaving the European Union, you may be concerned about travelling but there’s no need to worry. After the UK has made its intention to leave the EU on 31 January, it will enter a transition period. During this time you will still be able to travel as normal and discover all the great places Europe has to offer.

Find out more about what will (and won’t) change post-Brexit so you can travel with confidence.

Transition Period

On 31 January 2020, the UK will leave the European Union and will move into a transition period until 31 December 2020 at the earliest.

During the transition period travel arrangements will stay the same. Your passport and EHIC card will still be valid and you will not need a visa to enter a country within the EU. This rule applies throughout the duration of the transition period so if you want to travel in 2020, it will be the same as it always has been.


You will still be able to use your passport to travel within the EU during the transition period but it’s worth checking the issue date. As always it’s worth checking your passport’s expiry date before you book.

Other things to note:

For the duration of the transition period (until 31 December 2020 at the earliest):

  • Free mobile phone data roaming will still be in place across the EU
  • Your passport will still be valid for travel
  • You won’t need a visa to travel within the EU
  • Pet passports will still be valid for travel so you can still take your furry friends on your hols with you. Pet travel arrangements remain exactly the same.
  • EHIC cards will still be valid but as always it’s still important to get travel insurance alongside this.
  • To take your car to the EU you won’t need to apply for an International Driving Permit. You should always check with your insurer if your insurance covers travel outside of the UK.

So really, although we’re officially leaving the EU on 31 January, travel wise, not much will change for the time being. So set those worries aside and enjoy a European break in 2020!

Find out more about travelling after Brexit here.

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