1. You may have to use a different queue at passport control
You will no longer be entitled to use the EU fast-track passport control and customs lanes when travelling within the EU. This may result in longer waiting times and it taking longer to cross the UK border when you are travelling home, meaning that you may need to allow extra time to get through passport control.
2. You won’t need a Visa for most EU countries
If you’re travelling within the EU or to Norway, Switzerland, Sweden or Liechtenstein for no more than 90 days in a 180-day period, you won’t need a Visa. If you are travelling to Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania or Cyprus the rules are slightly different; you could travel for 90 days within these countries and you won’t use up your 90-day allowance in the previous European and Scandinavian countries that have been mentioned. However, you will need a Visa or permit if you go over the 90-day allowance within the 180 days or if you’re travelling for business or study.
From 2022, UK nationals will have to pay for a visa waiver scheme to enable you to visit many European countries. Find out more about the visa waiver scheme.
3. You may face mobile phone roaming charges
Luckily, the four main UK mobile phone providers have stated that they have no future plans to reintroduce roaming fees when you use your phone in EU countries. However, the right to free-roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein ends on the 1st January 2021. This means you can expect further charges when using your phone for calls, texts and 3-5G when using your mobile phone abroad.
The UK Government has introduced laws to help to protect customers against increased roaming charges when travelling to such countries. They have introduced a £45-a-month cap on extra mobile data usage abroad, which you can opt-in to increase. As well as the need for customers to be notified when they have reached both 80% and 100% of their data allowance respectively.
4. Your current pet passport, if you have one, will no longer be valid
Your pet passport will no longer be valid from January 1st 2021 if you got it on the existing passport scheme in England, Scotland or Wales. There hasn’t been solid rules set in place for transporting your pets to and within the EU if you are a British citizen. However, you should allow at least 4 months to travel with your animal to the EU.
The Government are aiming to get a process agreed that is similar to now, but if that cannot happen you may need to go through a more complicated process to travel your pets.
5. Duty free shopping is still available, but changing
You can still do all of your pre or post-flight duty free shopping in the airport, but from the 1st January 2021 the duty-free limits on alcohol and tobacco which apply to non-EU countries will have increased. Furthermore, sales of electronics and clothing will no longer be tax-free post-Brexit.
6. You will be covered if the travel company you booked through goes out of business
You will get refunded if you have booked your holiday through a travel company and that company goes out of business if you are a UK citizen, if your holiday is covered by ABTA/ATOL. You will also be covered if the travel company is situated in a European country, but only if that travel company targets travelers from the UK.
Your holiday will need to be covered by ABTA/ATOL for you to be entitled to a refund. To find out more about whether you and your holiday are protected, click here.
You can still claim back on payments made to travel companies by credit card. You’ll be able to claim back on payments between the values of £100-£30,000.
7. You shouldn’t experience any difference in Airport screening
When travelling and getting to the airport post-Brexit, you shouldn’t notice any difference in airport security screening to direct flights or connecting flights. If you are travelling from the UK to the EU you can board any connecting flights within EU airports without further security screening.
This also applies to Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.
8. You shouldn’t experience any differences travelling by Eurostar or Eurotunnel
You will still have the same rights as a passenger when using domestic or cross-border Eurostar rail services and the Eurotunnel post-Brexit.
The EU regulation on rail passengers’ rights has now been made UK law and it protects passengers aboard cross-border rail services.
9. Your rights remain the same when travelling by bus, coach, ferry or cruise liner post-Brexit
The EU regulation on bus, coach, ferry and cruise passengers is now UK law and will protect passengers aboard any of these services when travelling to, from and within EU countries. You should not experience any differences when travelling on these services.
When travelling on a cruise, the EU regulation on maritime passengers will protect passengers who go on a cruise from a UK port.