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Three Essential Travel Rules for Brits to Check Before Going on Holiday to EU

UK citizens traveling to European destinations this summer will need to exercise caution when arriving in the 27-nation bloc, provided their travel rules have changed since the country left the European Union.

More specifically, since January 2020, when Brexit was completed, travel matters for the British have changed, forcing the latter to apply for a visa in order to remain in the region for more than 90 days, reports.

In addition, there are a number of rules that Britons must follow to ensure that they are informed of the new regulations they have to follow in order to reach European countries.

Brits must check the expiration date of their passport before arriving in the EU

First of all, British passport holders have to ensure that their document is valid for at least three more months before traveling to the EU, and the passport must be issued in the last 10 years.

Britons are also advised to check how many days they need in their passport before traveling to the destination country, as the passport validity requirement depends on the individual basis of the EU member states.

Moreover, these procedures may take time; Therefore, Britons must apply at least ten weeks before travel to renew their passports.

After Brexit, Britons can stay in the EU, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland without a visa for 90 days in a 180-day period. For any stay longer than 90 days, UK nationals are required to apply for the appropriate visa and residence permit.

Currently, British citizens do not need to apply in advance to travel to the UK. All you need is your passport, travel ticket or driving documents (if you are driving), enough money and health insurance. But starting at the end of 2022 you will have to obtain an electronic travel authorization known as ETIAS, explains the rules for UK citizens to visit the EU after Brexit.

Don’t forget the “UK” sticker if you’re driving into the EU

From last year, Brits will have to replace the “Great Britain – GB” label with one that says “United Kingdom”.

The UK Blue Card can be used when traveling in some EU countries as well as Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Parking privileges vary in each country, so it is important to check the details for the destination country.

Bring a valid pet passport

UK citizens who own pets are required to present an animal health certificate, as well as the pet obtained with an electronic chip and vaccinated against rabies. Dogs will need tapeworm treatment when traveling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta.

>> For UK nationals who have pets, they are no longer allowed to hold French passports for pets

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