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By ferry to England – Travel to Brexit

With the UK leaving the EU on December 31, 2020, travelers will have to prepare to changes. These include new travel regulations. Therefore, anyone planning a vacation trip to England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland should find out in advance in detail about the regulations now in force regarding travel documents, visas and length of stay.

What does Brexit mean for my trip to England?

For your trip to England, the Brexit means that you have to think a bit more before you go. Thus, from October 1, 2021, you will no longer be able to enter to UK with your ID card, but only with a valid passport. A visa is now required for stays of six months or longer.

In addition, if you are traveling by car, you should clarify whether Great Britain is also listed to your green card in the future. In to of driver’s license, pets, customs, health and travel insurance, a trip to England is still completely unproblematic. This also applies to all air travel and travel by train and bus. Neither does to Brexit affect your ferry booking nor to ferry service between the EU and the UK.

Will the journey to England change?

No. Ferry services to and to UK will continue to run smoothly to Brexit. On board the ferries, passengers continue to enjoy the usual comfort. The same applies to flights, trains and coaches, which will continue to operate regularly between the EU and the UK. It may be necessary to initially expect stricter customs controls and resulting longer waiting times. After personal and customs checks, nothing stands in the way of carefree vacation days in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Will Brexit affect my ferry booking?

Brexit will not to your ferry booking in any way. The EU and the UK have already agreed in the run-up to the Brexit negotiations that all ferries will continue to operate with normal schedules.

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Which ferries go to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland?

Ferries to England

Ferry routes to England Operator
Ferry Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) – Newcastle DFDS Seaways
Ferry Bilbao – Portsmouth Brittany Ferries
Ferry Caen – Portsmouth Brittany Ferries
Ferry Calais – Dover Norfolk Line, P&O Ferries, DFDS
Ferry Calais – Folkestone Eurotunnel
Ferry Cherbourg – Poole Brittany Ferries
Ferry Cherbourg – Portsmouth Brittany Ferries
Ferry Dieppe – Newhaven Transmanche Ferries, DFDS
Ferry Dunkirk – Dover Norfolk Line, DFDS
Ferry Guernsey – Poole Condor Ferries
Ferry Guernsey – Portsmouth Condor Ferries
Ferry Hoek van Holland – Harwich Stena Line
Ferry Le Havre – Portsmouth Brittany Ferries
Ferry Roscoff – Plymouth Brittany Ferries
Ferry Rotterdam – Hull P&O Ferries
Ferry Santander – Plymouth Brittany Ferries
Ferry Santander – Portsmouth Brittany Ferries
Ferry St. Malo – Portsmouth Brittany Ferries
Ferry Zeebrugge – Hull P&O Ferries

Ferries to Wales

Ferry routes to Wales Operator
Ferry Dublin – Holyhead Irish Ferries, Stena Line
Ferry Rosslare – Fishguard Stena Line
Ferry Rosslare – Pembroke Irish Ferries

Ferries to Ireland

Ferry routes to Ireland Operator
Ferry Cairnryan – Belfast Stena Line
Ferry Cairnryan – Larne P&O Ferries
Ferry Cherbourg – Dublin Irish Ferries
Ferry Cherbourg – Rosslare Stena Line
Ferry Douglas – Belfast Steam Packet
ferry Douglas – Dublin Steam Packet
Ferry Fishguard – Rosslare Stena Line
Ferry Holyhead – Dublin Irish Ferries, Stena Line
ferry Liverpool – Dublin P&O Ferries
Ferry Liverpool Birkenhead – Belfast Stena Line
Ferry Pembroke – Rosslare Irish Ferries
Ferry Roscoff – Cork Brittany Ferries
Ferry Santander – Cork Brittany Ferries

Ferries to Scotland

Scotland ferry to Operator
Ferry Belfast – Cairnryan Stena Line
Ferry Kirkwall – Aberdeen Northlink Ferries
Ferry Larne – Cairnryan P&O Ferries
Ferry Lerwick – Aberdeen Northlink Ferries
Ferry Stromness – Scrabster Northlink Ferries

Shipping companies to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

These shipping companies will still take you to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales quickly, safely and comfortably to Brexit.

Should I expect longer waiting times at the border crossings in the ports?

Rather not. Since the UK had never joined the Schengen Agreement anyway, travelers were already checked on entry and exit before Brexit. With valid documents such as passport, driver’s license and proof of insurance, longer waiting times should be avoidable. Of course, it cannot be ruled out that initially there may be longer waiting times due to tighter customs controls. Then it just takes a little patience.

Can I make tax-free purchases in the duty-free stores on the ferries?

On your trip from the EU to UK and back from you will to be able to shop tax and duty free to your ferry from January 1, 2021.

However, it should be noted that when entering to UK, goods may only be imported tax and duty free if they are for personal use and do not exceed a current value of 270 euros. Both German customs and the British government provide travelers to detailed information on their websites about so-called allowances for which no import duties are charged.

For the export of goods, since January 1, 2021, products of animal origin may no longer be exported. Exceptions include baby and infant food and special pet food.

Will I need a passport or visa in the future to enter to UK to Brexit?

Even to Brexit, nothing will change for citizens entering to UK from the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland for the time being. However, this arrangement is temporary and expires on September 30, 2021. Until this date, entry is possible with a valid passport as well as with an identity card.

As of October 1, 2021, identity cards will no longer be recognized and a valid passport must be presented upon entry. Only individuals with permanent status or border worker permits will continue to be allowed to enter the United Kingdom (UK) with an identity card – limited until December 31, 2025.

For citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, vacations and short trips in the UK are to possible without presenting a valid visa. However, the duration of stay is limited to a maximum period of six months. Those planning a longer stay need an appropriate visa.

Can I drive in England with my driving license from Germany, Austria and Switzerland?

Travelers with a non-UK driver’s license can continue to drive in the UK. An additional international driver’s license (IDP) is not required.

It is strongly advised to carry a Green Card (International Road Traffic Insurance Card). It must be issued by the insurer of the vehicle and contain the following information: the name of the insurer, the license plate number and the duration of the insurance coverage. In addition, it is advisable to have the insurer confirm that the UK will continue to be listed to the Green Card before departure.

Can I take my pet on vacation to England to Brexit?

The answer to this question is a resounding “yes”. The health precautions currently in place for pets will not change for the time being, even from January 1, 2021. With an EU pet passport, entry with dogs and cats is to possible. However, it is recommended to contact a veterinarian four months prior to entry in order to comply with all currently applicable regulations and avoid unpleasant surprises at border control. For example, vaccination against rabies and wearing a microchip implant are currently mandatory. About all the necessary requirements for entry with pet, the British government provides information online.

Do I need extra health insurance and travel insurance?

People with statutory health insurance should check whether they have taken out international health insurance before traveling to to UK. Only then is there entitlement to all medically necessary services on site. If this is not the case, it is advisable to take out international health insurance. In addition, the British government strongly advises travelers to take out travel insurance. It guarantees that in the event of an emergency, the costs of medical care can be reclaimed from the insurer.

With a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and travel insurance in your luggage, nothing stands in the way of a safe and worry-free stay in the UK. By the way: You can find the European Health Insurance Card to the back of your insurance card.

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