Brexit advice

How will Brexit affect my boating holiday?

Last updated: 1st October 2021


The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. Flights and transport arrangements are still operating between the UK and Europe however we advise our customers to read the guidance below to ensure all passports are valid for travel and the relevant paperwork has been completed for driving in Europe. 

Will I still be able to take my dog on holiday?

Pets would continue to be able to travel to and from the UK to the EU. If you wish to take your pet to the EU, pet owners should discuss preparations for their pet’s travel with an Official Veterinarian at least four months in advance of the date they wish to travel. Pet owners should keep an eye out for any further instructions issued by the UK Government.

More information is available here.

Will I still be able to use my current passport and European Health Insurance Card?

If you are travelling in 2021 or 2022, check the date your passport expires. When travelling to the EU in 2021 and 2022, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival to an EU country and to renew passports that have been valid for more than nine years and six months. For more information on passport rules visit

Before you travel, please use this tool to check whether you might need to renew your passport.

We strongly recommend taking out comprehensive travel insurance ahead of any trip, no matter where you are travelling to.

Will I still be able to use my mobile phone abroad?

Currently, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same as the UK.

Before you travel, check with your mobile phone provider about the costs of using your phone in the EU as UK companies have said they may continue to offer this benefit to their customers.

Will I still be able to drive in the EU after Brexit?

As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. UK travellers looking to drive in the EU in 2021 and 2022 may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit and Green Card.  For more information click here.

Le Boat recommend that you speak with your insurance provider for more information on obtaining a Green Card for anyupcoming trip.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

The European Commission announced in November 2018 that UK travellers can still visit the EU without a visa, providing the same is offered to European citizens visiting the UK.  The European Commission has said that from 2021, UK citizens will need to pay a fee (of around 7 Euros) for this visa exemption. This is part of a new electronic travel authorisation system applying to all third country visitors to the EU, similar to the US ESTA regime.

Can I still travel with my identity card?

Your identity card will no longer be usable to return to the UK from Friday 1st October 2021 to return to the UK. European or Swiss citizens are now required to present their passport. The only exceptions are Irish nationals and European or Swiss citizens with a status (temporary or not) of residence in the United Kingdom - they will be able to continue to use their identity card until 31st December 2025.


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