BREXIT: What Happens Now?

Brexit: What happens now?

With Brexit coming into effect from January 1, 2021, rules on traveling between the UK and Europe have now changed. Here is everything you need to know.

Traveling to the EU from the UK

As of January 1, the UK is now subject to the same rules as non-EU countries, which means because of Covid, travelers from non-EU countries are not allowed to visit except for essential circumstances.


Once borders reopen fully, travelers from the UK will be allowed to travel and stay in Europe for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania will be an exception to this rule, as travelers can make a 90-day trip to any of them without using any of the 90-day allowances from other EU countries.


You might need a visa or permit to stay longer, work, study, or business travel.

Ireland will be exempt from all the above.


Current UK passports will be valid as long as they are less than 10-year-old and have at least six-month validity.

Ireland is exempt from the six-month rule.

Fast-track passport control and custom lanes will no longer be available.

What happens after Brexit?Health Insurance 

European citizens are entitled to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which provides state medical treatment when traveling within the EU and they fall ill or have an accident.

From January 1, UK, EHIC will remain valid until the expiration date.

The UK has launched a new card to replace the EHIC. The new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will give UK citizens the right to access state-provided healthcare during a stay in the EU.


Driving will still be allowed but most drivers will need to request a green card from their travel insurance to prove they have one, as long as they provide their logbook.


Some EU countries like Norway will also require an international travel permit.


Do you live in the UK and have questions about Brexit? Or leave us a comment below and tell us how Brexit will be affecting you.

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