Day Trips to France after Brexit
Once the UK leaves the EU you will still be able to enjoy day trips to France via our Dover to Calais ferry crossing. You may require additional documentation, especially if you plan on driving abroad, but the experience of catching one of our ferries to France will be the same, and you can expect to find the same great facilities and fantastic customer service on board all of our ships.
If you’re hoping to take a day trip to France after Brexit, read on to discover all that you need to know before you go.
Duty free shopping after Brexit
Following the UK leaving the EU, we are able to offer duty free shopping to passengers travelling between the UK and EU countries. This means that you can save up to 50% off high street prices on a whole range of products, including alcohol and tobacco. There are some restrictions on how much duty free shopping you can bring into the UK:
42 litres of beer
18 litres of still wine
4 litres of spirits or 9 litres of sparkling wine, fortified wine or any alcoholic beverage less than 22% ABV
200 cigarettes or
100 cigarillos or
50 cigars or
250g tobacco or
200 sticks of tobacco for heating
or any proportional combination of the above
You can also bring back £390 worth of other goods
Although there will be duty free limits in place post-Brexit, you’ll find that these still allow for you to bring plenty home from your French day trip tax-free, and it’s very likely that you’ll be able to fill your car boot without hitting the duty free limit. This means that you’ll be able to continue enjoying those pre-Christmas wine and cheese runs across the Channel and can stock up on items from our onboard World Duty Free shop.
Documents required for a post-Brexit day trip to France
As it stands, you will still only need a valid passport in order to take a post-Brexit day trip to France. However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your departure date and will need to be less than 10 years old. This is different to current EU rules which state that your passport’s validity only needs to cover the duration of your stay.
Post-Brexit you will still be able to travel using your burgundy or European Union passport as long as they meet the criteria mentioned above. Blue passports are now being issued to British citizens, so the next time you renew your passport you can expect it to be a different colour to what you would have been used to over the past few decades.
You will not need a visa to visit an EU country as long as you are staying for no longer than 90 days in a 180 day period. If you are planning on staying longer to work or study, or are travelling for business, you may be required to get a visa and should check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting.
Driving in France after Brexit
You will still be able to drive in France post-Brexit, so taking day trips to Calais and beyond will not be affected. If you carry a card driving licence issued in the UK you will not need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the EU.
You will need a green card in order to drive in France following Brexit. You will be able to get one of these from your insurance company – usually for no extra charge. You'll also need to display a GB sticker on the rear of your car unless your number plate includes the GB identifier on its own or with the Union flag. To drive in France you’re also required to carry certain items in order to be road legal, such as headlight reflectors and breathalysers. This will still be the case once the UK has left the EU, and you can find out more in our guide to driving in France.
Now you know what you can expect from day trips to France post-Brexit, you can start planning how to spend your time there. Take a look at our top day trips from Calais for some inspiration, and book your Dover to Calais crossing today.