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Many people are planning to or have in fact already made their travel plans for the summer. With the UK leaving the European Union (EU) in 2020, we appreciate that you may have some questions.

When the UK leaves the EU you may need to make some changes to your travel preparations. We’ve pulled together all the key information from official bodies and reputable news sources and provided links to GOV.UK to help inform your decisions surrounding travel arrangements for 2020.

All information has been sourced from GOV.UK, ETIAS.COM, BBC News, and The Independent.

If you have a specific concern or query which isn’t covered in the information provided below, please email communications@poferries.com and we’ll feed this into the regular updates planned for this page.


The rules for travelling to most European countries will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

The advice from GOV.UK is that you should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival in an EU country. This applies to both adult and child passports. If you’re planning to travel during 2020 and your passport does not meet this requirement then you should consider renewing your passport soon to avoid any potential delays.

Useful links:
Find more advice for British passport holders if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
Renewing your passport

Travelling to Ireland after EU Exit

Travelling to Ireland is subject to the Common Travel Area arrangements, which will remain the same after the UK leaves the EU. For further details please see GOV.UK’s website.

Find more travel advice for Ireland



Once the UK leaves the EU, British citizens will become “third country nationals” with no automatic right of admission. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), a European initiative, is being developed to strengthen the EU’s external borders.

ETIAS is a ‘halfway house’ solution between unrestricted entry and having to apply for a full visa. Citizens of non-EU countries who do not currently need visas will need to register and provide details as to their intentions, as well as pay a €7 (£6) fee via an online system. Under-12s can be registered for free. The information provided will be used to check relevant EU and Interpol databases, and a decision will be made quickly and automatically regarding whether to grant an ETIAS.

Find out more about ETIAs

Taking your pet abroad


Currently people can take their dogs, cats, and other small animals from the UK to the EU and back without quarantine by using a pet passport.

According to government advice for pet-owners, the scale of checks required in a no-deal scenario will depend on how the UK is categorised after the Brexit date. The government has advised that they’re pressing to become a "listed" third country, which would avoid "burdensome" changes to requirements. However, if the UK becomes an "unlisted" third country, pet-owners would need to discuss travel arrangements with a certified "Official Veterinarian" a minimum of four months in advance of their travel.

Official information from GOV.UK can be found here:
Pet travel to Europe after Brexit
How will Brexit affect my pet passport?

Need more information about taking your pets on a ferry? Take a look at our pet pages for everything you need to know:
Taking your pet from Dover to Calais
Taking your pet from Hull to Rotterdam
Taking your pet from Hull to Zeebrugge

Driving in the EU


Drivers will need extra documentation to drive in the EU after Brexit, such as registering certain trailers with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and carrying a trailer registration certificate.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK drivers may also need an international driving permit (IDP).

For more information and advice please see the guidance for preparing to drive in the EU after Brexit.

Data roaming in the EU


In the event of a Brexit Deal, surcharge-free roaming would continue during the implementation period. After this point, arrangement for roaming would depend on further negotiations. In the event of a no deal, the costs that EU mobile operators would be able to charge UK operators for roaming services would no longer be regulated. This means that we would no longer benefit from surcharge-free roaming in the EU.

For all the official information from GOV.UK take a look at their guidance surrounding Brexit. For more information and advice please see their guidance on mobile roaming.


• For facts on Brexit and the law - Full Fact

• For an independent source of research into UK-EU relations - The UK in a Changing Europe

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