Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office -  Travel Advice

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office publishes regularly updated travel information on the FCDO website and also on the Travel Aware website which you are strongly recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure.

Other nationalities should access their own government support websites.

If you are planning to visit Europe after 1 January 2021 the FCDO is urging you to visit gov.uk/transition to:

  • check your passport validity using the GOV.UK passport checker, and renew now if needed. There will be new rules around passport validity when travelling to Europe after 1 January 2021. This does not apply to Ireland
  • purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers all needs, including healthcare. European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) may no longer be valid from January 2021
  • check and obtain driving documents for each country, such as an International Driving Permit, if planning to drive
  • contact a vet at least 4 months before departure to arrange pet travel vaccinations and documents
  • check roaming policies with your mobile phone provider
  • check travel advice on GOV.UK for country-specific rules, including information on coronavirus restrictions

If you’re planning a trip you should also read the travellers' checklist – it’s full of practical tips for having a safe and enjoyable time.

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