But what does this mean for UK passport holders travelling to the EU this year ?
Here are a few key things that travellers should be aware of before leaving for Europe this year. Advice are taken from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).
Travelling in 2020
Following ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK departed the EU on 31 January 2020. The United Kingdom is actually in a transition period lasting until at least 31 december 2020. During this time, everything will remain the same, and UK passport holders can continue to travel without any changes.
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Valid passports can still be used. There is no need to have six months left on the passport to travel to the EU. It does however need to be valid for the whole of the trip.
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European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.
It is advised that holidaymakers make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC. More advice on health insurance can be found here.
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Holders of a full UK driving licence don't currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This will not change following 31 january 2020. An International Driving Permit will not be required, there is no need for a GB sticker on the vehicule.
Mobile phone use.
Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on a phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 january 2020.
More advice can be found on the ABTA website.