New Brexit travel rule may hit upcoming holidays – check passports now

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The UK is due to make its EU departure at the end of December 2020 which will see new travel measures in place.

It could affect passports, data roaming and those hoping to travel with their beloved pets.

As part of its new Brexit campaign, "The UK's new start: Let's get going", the Government will show adverts on TV, radio and online.

But Brits have been urged to check their passports now and understand their phone's overseas data policy.

People will also have to check travel insurance and those with pets should contact their vet at least four months before their holiday.

Speaking on BBC News, political correspondent Norman Smith explained: "If we want to go abroad from the end of the year we're going to have to do quite a lot.

"The Government is putting out a little checklist online, so you have to, for example, make sure your passport has still got six months to run.

"You may need an international drivers license if you're planning on driving around Europe. You certainly will have to get health insurance because you will no longer be covered by the EU health card.

"You will probably have to check your mobile phone so you don't get hit with a whole load of data roaming, and there are all sorts of issues around taking your pet abroad. There's a whole load of criteria we will have to meet."

The Brexit transition period has lasted for one year, but the journalist warned the changes are approaching fast.

He continued: “People have forgotten how actually the big change… is coming up at the end of the year when, if you want to travel to the EU then you are going to have to get organised and you are probably going to have to fork out some money too."

A new Government campaign will lead with the slogan, "Check, Change, Go", to remind Brits of the steps they must take before heading off on holiday.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said: "At the end of this year we are leaving the single market and customs union regardless of the type of agreement we reach with the EU. This will bring changes and significant opportunities for which we all need to prepare.

"While we have already made great progress in getting ready for this moment, there are actions that businesses and citizens must take now to ensure we are ready to hit the ground running as a fully independent United Kingdom."

The new changes will come into force from January 1, 2021.

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