31stJanuary 2020 will forever be a date etched in the minds of EU residents; more so for UK residents. That was the day the UK finally left the EU and with this departure comes a slew of changes that will affect the way businesses are run, lives are led and airlines provide air travel.
If you are travelling from the UK to any of the EU nations post-Brexit, you will experience a few changes in the way air travel will function. But don’t worry. According to reports, none of the planned changes will actually be implemented till December 2020. Of course, 2021 is another question altogether, but with a bit of awareness and preparation, you can ensure a hassle-free travel to and from the EU.
So, what are the proposed changes for post-Brexit air travel?
Visas will be necessary to travel between the UK and the EU
One of the perks of being an EU member-nation is visa-free travel. But with Brexit, UK residents will have to obtain visas when travelling to EU countries. But after the one year transition period (effective Jan 1st 2021), things will change.
UK tourists will be allowed to visit the EU without a visa for a period of 90 days within the 180 days cycle. However, for longer visits and in instances of study/work in the EU, they will need the respective country’s visa.
National IDs will no longer be accepted
EU citizens will not be allowed to use their national ID cards as proof of name, age and address when entering the UK. From now on, EU travellers will have to follow the same documentation process that tourists from non-EU countries follow, when they visit the UK.
Existing pet passports & visas won’t be accepted either
During the transition period, pet parents from the UK will be able to use existing pet passports and visas. However, come 2021, the UK will have to apply to the EU to be put on the list of countries which are allowed to take pets into the EU without need of additional documentation. Till then, taking pets on travel to the EU will be a hassle.
Declarations are mandatory for cash-in-hand
Pre-Brexit, travellers from the EU to the UK did not have to disclose or declare the amount of cash they were carrying on hand. But soon, EU travellers will have to declare any amount higher than £10,000, if it’s on hand. This is something already non-European countries do.
Additional border checks possible
So far, all EU and UK traffic at airports were directed to the same immigration line, while people from other countries had to stand at separate lines that had additional security checks. With the UK having left the EU, both regions are expected to subject the residents of the other to more stringent security checks.
EHIC may not function post-transition period
UK holders of the EHIC were previously allowed to seek budgeted medical care from hospitals in the EU, in case of emergencies. But there are reports that the EHIC will become invalid for UK travellers from 2021. All UK tourists will need to have travel insurance that covers medical claims.
UK to Ireland travel will remain unaffected
The UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey all fall within the Common Travel Area. Hence, travel between the UK and these places will remain the same.
Flight delay compensation regulations to remain the same
Travellers between the EU and the UK are still entitled to the same flight delay refunds, as before. There will be no change regarding this. Contact us at Flight Delay Refunds for more information.