Brexit Travel Checklist

Travelling to the EU after Brexit will be different in a number of ways, but you'll still be able to enjoy amazing holidays in mainland Europe. We have created a Brexit Travel Checklist to help you to plan your next trip, so you know that you have all you need before you set sail.



  • Must have at least 6 months of validity
  • Must be less than 10 years old
  • When travelling to Ireland, your passport just needs to be valid for the length of your stay

Travel insurance

  • Taking out travel insurance will help your trip to run smoothly
  • EHIC cards issued before the end of 2020 can still be used until their expiry date for medical care in the EU
  • After this, you can apply for a GHIC card which covers state healthcare in the country your visiting


  • You will not need a visa to visit an EU country as a tourist
  • You can stay in the EU for 90 days within a 180 day period
  • You may need a visa if you want to stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel


  • Check to see if you need an International Driving Permit for the countries you’re visiting
  • Permits cost £5.50 and can be bought from the Post Office
  • You will need a green card which you can get from your insurance company
  • You may need an additional green card if you want to tow a caravan or trailer
  • You must display a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle unless your number plate includes the GB identifier on its own or with the Union flag
  • Ensure that you have organised breakdown cover


  • Your pet must be microchipped
  • You will need to get an animal health certificate (AHC) from your vet no more than 10 days before you travel
  • Your pet must have a valid rabies vaccination

Border control

  • You may have to show your return ticket
  • You might also have to show that you have enough money for your stay
  • Be aware that you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queuing

Food and drink

  • You are not able to take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries
  • There are some exceptions including: powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food required for medical reasons
  • You'll also need a certificate to take certain plants and plant products into EU countries


Now that you've read our Brexit Travel Checklist you're ready to head off on your next adventure! Book your ferry crossing today - we look forward to seeing you on board soon! For more information, visit the government's Brexit pages.