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Brexit and your Passport
Government’s advice concerning passport validity in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
Although there is still no definitive information on what will happen and when, it’s now looking more unlikely that we will be leaving the EU without a deal which is reassuring news for everyone planning to travel to Europe. The new deadline of 31 January 2020 averts the prospect of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal, so if you’ve been waiting to find out what is going to happen before making your plans then as far as we are now concerned it’s business as usual!
Of course, there is still a possibility that the UK could leave the European Union without a deal. Therefore, it is important as a precautionary measure, that any customer travelling with a passport that expires within six months of their date of travel get their passport renewed as soon as possible.
The main point of the advice is that, in the event of a No Deal Brexit, UK nationals travelling to the European Union needs to have 6 months left on their UK passport from the date of travel (this applies to both adult and child passports).
They also point out that people who have had extra months added to their existing 10 year UK passport, because they renewed their old passport before it expired, may find that these additional months do not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining.
We are still fairly confident that common sense will prevail and a deal will be agreed to avoid a ‘no deal’ scenario, however,
this advice from the Government will at least prepare us all should this not be the case.
Brexit and your Driving Licence
Will the UK driving licence be accepted in the EU after Brexit?
Reports are now starting to surface that the UK driving licence may not be accepted in the EU and EEA in the case of a no deal.
So what do I need to do as a visitor driving in the EU?
You will probably require an International Driving Permit (IDP). It may be prudent to purchase one in advance, if you plan on driving in Europe post Brexit.
They cost £5.50 and are valid for a year.
The application process is simple and needs to be done in person at an issuing post office. You will need to take your existing driving licence along, plus a signed passport-sized photograph, and a form of identification, such as a passport.
You will need to visit one of the larger post offices to obtain it as not all of them are able to offer this servcie. To find your nearest issuing post office you can do a search here. Just remember to refine your search by ticking the ‘International Driving Permit’ box in the ‘Driving’ section.
Interestingly, there are three different types of International Driving Permit, and you might need multiple versions to drive through different countries. The system is explained here.
I want to drive in Ireland; will I need an IDP?
No, it has been agreed that your UK driving licence will still be valid on its own while you are driving in Ireland.
What about drivers from the EU coming to the UK?
The Department for Transport has already agreed that the United Kingdom will continue to recognise the EU driving licence as valid.
Brexit - Healthcare when travelling in the EU
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, your access to healthcare when travelling to EU countries is likely to change. If you are planning to visit the EU, you should continue to buy travel insurance and make sure that any insurance product you buy has the necessary healthcare coverage for any treatment you might require. UK citizens are always advised to take out travel insurance when going overseas, both to EU and non-EU destinations.
If you are currently using an EHIC issued by the UK, this will still be valid until we leave the EU.
The UK Government is seeking agreements with EU countries, on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals.
This guide will be updated with further information on travelling to France as the circumstances change.
Click here for further details - https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/healthcare-when-travelling-abroad/healthcare-in-france/
Vehicle insurance for UK registered vehicles in the EU
A motor insurance Green Card is evidence of motor insurance cover when driving abroad.
The EU, EEA, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland are part of a Green Card-free circulation area. Currently, you do not need a motor insurance Green Card to drive a UK registered vehicle in these countries.
In the event that there is no EU Exit deal and the European Commission does not make a decision ensuring that UK registered vehicles will not be checked for proof of insurance, drivers of UK registered vehicles will need to carry a motor insurance Green Card when driving in the EU and EEA.
Some countries also require separate insurance for trailers. This means that you may also need a separate Green Card for your trailer.
Contact your vehicle insurance provider to obtain a motor insurance Green Card.
Please note: This advice is for general information only. You should not rely on this information to make or refrain from making any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.
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