Guidance

Passenger travel to the EU by air, rail or sea after Brexit

Travel and passenger rights in the event of a no deal Brexit and the measures in place to minimise disruption.

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Flying to the EU from the UK

Before you leave for the airport, check online for the latest travel information and scheduled services from your airline.

Airport security screening

Flights will continue and you should not experience any difference in security screening.

Passengers flying from the UK will continue to transfer to onward flights at EU airports without extra security screening. This will also be the case at airports in Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.

There will be no impact to direct flights to non-EU countries.

Air passenger rights

Existing passenger rights will continue for air passengers flying from the UK.

For EU registered airlines, EU law will continue to apply for flights to and from the EU.

Assistance, compensation and protection will continue for:

You should take out appropriate travel insurance, check and understand the terms and conditions of their booking.

Private and general aviation

UK issued private pilot licences will remain valid for use on UK registered aircraft including for flights in the EU.

However, if the operator of the aircraft is resident or established in the EU, an EU licence may be required in some EU countries.

Learn more about Brexit and private pilots.

Travelling by Eurostar to the EU from the UK

Your rights as a rail passenger using either domestic or cross-border rail services will remain unchanged.

The EU regulation on rail passengers’ rights is now UK law. It will continue to protect passengers on cross-border rail services.

Before you leave, check online for the latest travel information and scheduled services for Eurostar.

Travelling by Eurotunnel to the EU from the UK

Your rights as a passenger using Eurotunnel’s cross-border shuttle services will remain unchanged.

Passengers can continue to use Eurotunnel’s existing complaints procedure.

Before you leave, check online for the latest travel information and scheduled services for Eurotunnel.

Travelling by bus or coach to the EU from the UK

The EU regulation on bus and coach passengers’ rights is now UK law. It will continue to protect passengers on cross-border bus and coach services.

Before you leave, check online for the latest travel information and scheduled services for your bus or coach provider.

Travelling by sea to the EU from the UK

Passengers travelling to the EU by sea should not experience any difference to their journey.

Ferry passengers

The EU regulation on passengers’ rights is now UK law. It will continue to protect passengers on ferry services.

Cruising

The EU regulation on maritime passengers’ rights is now UK law. It will continue to protect passengers who embark on a cruise at a UK port.

Before you leave, check online for the latest travel information and scheduled services for your ferry or cruise provider.

Passenger rights

Passenger rights in regards to travelling will remain unchanged.

Learn more about passenger consumer rights when travelling to the EU after Brexit.

Published 20 December 2018