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Passport and Driving Licence Requirements if we Brexit without a deal

With Brexit now confirmed we wanted to update you, especially as there is still a possibility we could Brexit without a deal. Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Therefore please

  • Check your passport and if it has long enough left on the passport.
  • Check you have the right driving documents
  • Check your insurance does not have any exemption clauses that kick in if we Brexit without a deal

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport earlier than you anticipated if you’re travelling after Brexit. The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left on day of travel home
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.

Please see a link below with further details and also a link for you to check your specific passport

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit#check-a-passport-for-travel-to-europe

Driving Licence Requirements

In the event that there is no EU Exit deal, the government will seek to put in place new arrangements for EU and EEA countries to recognise UK driving licences when people are visiting, for example on holiday or business trips. Until such arrangements are in place, UK driving licence holders may need an IDP in addition to their UK driving licence to drive when visiting EU and EEA countries.

Each EU and EEA country will decide if they require a foreign driver to have an IDP, in addition to a driving licence, to legally drive in their country.

There are three different types of IDP (International Driving Permits) covering different countries so if you already have one please check it is the correct one for the country you are travelling to.

For example –

Italy, Norway, Sweden – 1968

Iceland – 1949

It is very easy to get a IDP from a Post Office (There are 2,500 that issue them in the UK). You would need to take with you a passport photo, your plastic photocard driving licence and we would recommend taking a second Photo ID such as your passport as well. It costs £5.50 and it is issued there and then over the counter. We would strongly recommend if driving in Europe (including Norway and Iceland) you get one as the local suppliers are also not clear if they will need them or not. For example in Iceland one car hire company think they may not need them, another one says they will need them. For the sake of £5.50 it seems an easy decision for peace of mind for your trip, and as we would not be able to help overrule this requirement if on arrival it is required we do recommend you get one.

Please see the link below with further details, as well as the ability to search for you nearest issuing Post Office.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/international-driving-permits-for-uk-drivers-from-28-march-2019

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