UK nationals travelling to the EU: essential information

Information on the rights of UK nationals travelling in the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA), and Switzerland.

Latest updates

If there is no EU Exit deal, you will need to take new action before travelling to an EU destination. This page will provide information on what you need to do before travelling.

This page will be updated regularly. Check back before travelling.

Staying up to date

We will publish country-specific information on the travel advice pages to help you prepare for travel after EU Exit.

You can also receive the latest updates by signing up for alerts on each country page.

Current status of UK nationals travelling to EU destinations

Until the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK remains a full member of the EU. As a UK national, there will be no change to your rights or status when travelling to an EU destination up until 29 March 2019.

You can:

  • continue to travel freely within the EU using a UK passport
  • enter another EU country without a visa

Travelling in an EU country after 29 March 2019: plan ahead

It is possible that the UK will leave the EU without a deal. This means your rights and status when travelling to an EU country could change.

More information on the types of action you may need to take ahead of travelling in the event of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit:

Travel documents

  • you may need to renew your passport earlier than planned. Some passports with up to 15 months validity remaining may not be valid for travel. Read about changes to passport validity requirements

Travel insurance

  • you should continue to take out comprehensive travel insurance (including health cover) before travel abroad. Read more about travel insurance

Consumer rights

Driving and other transport

Animals and pets

Published 21 December 2018
Last updated 15 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated with new information on financial services.
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