Brexit – what’s the latest for business travel?

by Traveleads | January 29, 2020 | Latest News

As we reach Brexit, we look at considerations for business travel for the transitional year ahead and what we can currently expect for 2021 onwards.

What’s the status?

The UK is leaving the European Union on Friday 31 January 2020. We’ll then be in a transition period until the end of the year allowing the UK and the EU to make final arrangements and negotiate any further deals.

During the transition period, existing rules for business, trade and travel will continue to be applicable ahead of 2021 – but preparations ahead of the new year do need to be considered.

What do I need to know?

Remember, business travel includes everything from travelling for conferences and meetings, touring art or music or providing services – even with a charity.

As a business traveller, there are several additional considerations to keep in mind, in comparison to other travellers. Each country may also have slightly different requirements, keep an eye on this page for updates which may affect your travel.

Separate guides and advice for understanding if your professional qualifications will be accepted (e.g. if you’re a lawyer), if you can earn money in the EU, what kind of insurance you’ll need (e.g. indemnity insurance for employees) and what kind of documentation you’ll need to take goods with you.

Answer some questions here to understand what kind of preparations you’ll need in case of a no deal Brexit.

Passports and visas

According to the government, from 1 January 2021, you’ll need to travel with a passport which meets the below requirements, meaning you may need to start looking at renewals this year.

  • Has at least six months left
  • Be less than 10 years old (even if it has six months or more left)

If your passport does not meet these requirements, you most likely won’t be able to travel to most of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Liechtenstein. The above rules won’t apply to travel to Ireland – just make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay, as usual.

You won’t need a visa for short trips to the EU as a tourist – but changes may come into play for businesses so it’s worth double checking here before planning such trips.

Travel insurance and healthcare

Once the transition period is over, you’ll need to ensure you’re traveling with appropriate healthcare cover as the EHIC is unlikely to be accepted – ensure you’ve investigated several providers and have the right type of insurance for your individual needs.

Driving in the EU

From 1 January 2021, you’ll need additional documents if you’re planning to drive in the EU. Further to a valid UK license, you’ll need an international driving permit (IDP) for some countries, you can check here.

Where can I find the latest information?

Air and rail travel should remain the same so just make sure you’ve looked after your own documentation ahead of any business trips. For further information on the Brexit transition period, keep an eye on the government’s advice here and here.

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