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.
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.
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.
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.
Use separate lanes from EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens when queueing
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.