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Travel advice 

How will Brexit affect my school trip? 

Following the end of the transition period on 1st January 2021, there have been several changes that will affect groups travelling with us to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein. Please see below for details of these changes. 

 

Passport:

Passports should have at least 6 months validity remaining on them from the date of travel and be less than 10 years old (except for travel to Ireland).  If you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date: these extra months will not count. 

You can check your passport validity here

 

Insurance:

Your package includes travel insurance which provides cover for medical expenses. 

You can read more about our insurance policy here

 

         
Health:  

Any current European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) will continue to be valid for travel in the EU and travellers will only need to apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) when their current EHIC expires. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay.  The new GHIC card is free to obtain from the official GHIC website. 

Further information about GHIC can be found here 


 

Visas:

UK citizens do not need a visa for short trips to countries in the EU and to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. You can stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.  However, a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is planned to be introduced in 2022, for travel to EU member states. An ETIAS will be valid for 3 years, will cost 7 Euros (free to under 18s) and will need to be applied for before departure (online application). The new ETIAS system is expected to be launched on January 1, 2022. It will, however, become completely effective and obligatory for all travellers by the end of 2022.

Further information about the ETIAS system can be found here 


 

Border checks:

At border control, you may need to:

  • Show a return or onward ticket
  • Show you have enough money for your stay
  • Use separate lanes from EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens when queueing

 

Data roaming: 

The guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway has ended. Check with your phone operator to find out about any roaming charges you may incur whilst away.

 

Food & drink: 

There are restrictions in place over taking specific food products into European countries. Travellers cannot take meat or milk products (or any products containing them) into the EU. 

More information about food & drink restrictions can be found here 

 

Further information can be be found at the following websites:

Visiting Europe from 1 January 2021

Brexit advice for travellers

 

General travel advice 

Useful travel advice can be found at the following websites:

Guidance on staying safe and healthy abroad

Foreign travel advice

Travel health resources of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC)

Information on how to stay safe and healthy abroad
 

If you have any specific questions, please get in touch.

Information correct as of February 2021.