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, then following Brexit the FCDO is urging you to visit to:

  • check your passport validity using the GOV.UK passport checker, and renew now if needed. There are 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. If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires you will need to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).
  • 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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