- MOBILE PHONE ROAMING
Your legal right to free calls and data when travelling in the EU ended on Jan 1, 2021. The big mobile providers: Vodafone, EE, Three and O2 all say they have no plans to change the current status quo, but re-introduction of roaming fees could happen. The UK government has introduced a £45 a month limit on how much customers can be charged for extra data abroad before having to opt in for further use.
- COMPENSATION FOR FLIGHT DELAYS
EU flight compensation schemes stay in place for any flights leaving the UK. The compensation scheme has been written into UK law so covers any UK or European airlines flying into Europe. This applies to everyone [you don’t need to be an EU citizen]. The law covers delays and cancelations as before.
- VISAs or NEW PASSPORTS
You will need a visa if you want to visit the EU for more than 90 days in an 180 day period. Visits to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania won’t count as days spent in EU countries. You will also need at least 6 months validity on your passport when travelling to an EU country.
- EHIC CARDS
The European Health Insurance Card [EHIC] which provided free or state subsidised medical care when visiting the EU has been replaced by a new UK Global Health Insurance card [GHIC]; which is free from:
You can continue to use your EHIC until it expires but its strongly recommend to have appropriate travel and activity insurance cover in place to be safe.
GHICS and most UK EHIC’s no longer cover Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland
- DUTY-FREE SHOPPING
You can now buy duty-free goods on flights and ferries to and from Europe. The limits are 42 litres of beer, 18 litres of wine, 4 litres of spirits and up to £390 worth of other goods.
You will no longer be able to bring back unlimited quantities of alcohol, tobacco and other goods for personal use from EU countries.
- DRIVING ABROAD
You will now need a GREEN CARD if you want to drive your own car in EU countries. Previously UK car insurance covered driving in Europe; this stopped on 31.12.2020
The Green Card scheme shows that you are insured from your policy holder [you may have to pay an admin charge for this]. You will also have to have a GB sticker on your vehicle when driving in the EU.
- AT THE AIRPORT
At the airport or border control you may need to show a return ticket and that you have enough money for your stay. When going through passport control in some airports you may not be able to use the EU or EEA lanes.