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Our latest guide looks at travel after 29th March for UK passport holders. No comment, just facts based on current information.





Government officials have just published updated advice on new rules that will apply to UK nationals travelling on British passports if there is no deal with the European Union before the Brexit date.

With Easter falling in the second half of April this year, it could affect thousands of families heading to the Alps or Pyrenees for their ski holiday.

Without a deal, it is likely travellers will need to take action before heading to any destination in the EU, EEA, EFTA and Switzerland.

Until the UK leaves, British nationals can travel freely within the EU and enter another EU country without a visa.

So what's the position?



If you have an adult passport that was issued more than 9 years ago you may need to take action.

New rules will apply for travel to and between all the countries in the Schengen* zone, which includes almost every European skiing destination (see below).

The website has an online tool to check whether your passport is OK.

Flying into InnsbruckFlying to the Austrian Alps
















Passports must have at least 6 months left before they expire, as is currently the case for travel to countries outside Europe.

As a non-EU national, British citizens will no longer be able to use the separate immigration lines at passport control.

You may be asked to prove you have a return ticket to the UK and enough money for your stay in the EU.


The European Commission has proposed - though it's not yet been agreed - that British tourists be allowed to visa-free travel for short trips in the Schengen* area or elsewhere in the EU.

A short trip means up to 90 days in any 180-day period and does not apply if you are intend to work abroad, for which you are likely to need a visa and a work permit.

Visits to the Schengen* area within the previous 180 days before your date of travel will count against the 90-day limit.

For any other trips, you may need to apply for a visa before you travel.

To date EU member states have not been able to agree on the details of the visa exemption for British tourists.

If they can't agree by 29th March, UK passport holders will need a Schengen visa for any trip.

It costs €60 and can take up to three weeks to process.

Arrivals at Innsbruck airportVisa required in future?















Schengen* countries (see above):

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland


The rules for taking your pet to the EU will change in the event of a no-deal.

You will have to get your dog, cat (or ferret) microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.

Full details can be found on the website.

Scotty dogNew rules for Scotty's trips to Tignes?















Travel to the EU will remain the same as now until at least 31st December 2020.

A current valid passport is all that is required. There is no need for visas to either visit or work in Europe.

This transition period of 21 months from Brexit is intended to give the UK and the EU time to make specific arrangements.

It is also possible that the transition period will be extended beyond December 2020.


As we've said before, the details are anyone's guess and will depend on the result of negotations between the UK and the EU.

However, the EU is to introduce a new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) for all non-EU states in the future.

Once it's in place, expected to be in 2021, UK nationals will be able to pay approximately £6 to £7 for three years' visa-free travel.  It'll operate a bit like the ESTA which allows tourists to travel visa-free to the USA on payment of a fee.

See our earlier Brexit guides:

We'll be publishing more Brexit guides soon, so do check back.

Coming next.... your travel to the EU by any form of public transport.

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