By ferry to England - travel after Brexit
With the UK leaving the EU on December 31, 2020, travelers will have to prepare for changes. These include new travel regulations. So if you are planning a vacation trip to England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, you should inquire in advance about the current regulations regarding travel documents, visas and length of stay.
Table of Contents
- What does Brexit mean for my trip to England?
- Will the journey to England change?
- Will Brexit affect my ferry booking?
- Which ferries go to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland?
- Do I have to expect longer waiting times at the border crossings in the ports?
- Can I shop tax-free in the ferry's duty-free shops?
- Do I need a passport or a visa in the future to be able to enter the UK after Brexit?
- Can I drive a car in England with my driver's license from Germany, Austria and Switzerland?
- Can I take my pet with me on vacation in England after Brexit?
- Do I need additional health and travel insurance?
What does Brexit mean for my trip to England?
For your trip to England, Brexit means that you have to think a little more before you start. From October 1, 2021, you will no longer be able to enter Great Britain with your identity card, but only with a valid passport. A visa is now required for stays of six months or more.
In addition, if you are arriving by car, you should clarify whether Great Britain will also be listed on your Green Card in the future. In terms of driver's license, pets, customs duties, health and travel insurance, a trip to England is still completely unproblematic. This also applies to all air traffic as well as to travel by train and bus. Brexit will not affect the booking of your ferry, nor will it affect ferry operations between the EU and Great Britain.
Will the journey to England change?
No. Ferry operations to and from the UK will continue to run smoothly after Brexit. On board the ferries, passengers continue to enjoy the comfort they are used to. The same applies to flights, trains and coaches, which will continue to operate regularly between the EU and Great Britain in the future. You may have to reckon with stricter customs controls and the resulting longer waiting times. After personal and customs control, 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 affect your ferry booking in any way. The EU and Great Britain agreed in the run-up to the Brexit negotiations that all ferries will continue to operate with the normal timetable.
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Which ferries go to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland?
|Ferry connections to England||shipping company|
|Ferry Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) - Newcastle||DFDS Seaways|
|Ferry Bilbao - Portsmouth||Brittany Ferries|
|Caen - Portsmouth ferry||Brittany Ferries|
|Ferry Calais - Dover||Norfolk Line, P&O Ferries, DFDS|
|Ferry Calais - Folkestone||Eurotunnel|
|Cherbourg - Poole ferry||Brittany Ferries|
|Cherbourg - Portsmouth ferry||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 Hook of Holland - Harwich||Stena Line|
|Le Havre - Portsmouth ferry||Brittany Ferries|
|Roscoff - Plymouth ferry||Brittany Ferries|
|Ferry Rotterdam - Hull||P&O Ferries|
|Ferry Santander - Plymouth||Brittany Ferries|
|Santander - Portsmouth ferry||Brittany Ferries|
|St Malo - Portsmouth ferry||Brittany Ferries|
|Ferry Zeebrugge - Hull||P&O Ferries|
|Ferry connections to Wales||shipping company|
|Ferry Dublin - Holyhead||Irish Ferries, Stena Line|
|Ferry Rosslare - Fishguard||Stena Line|
|Ferry Rosslare - Pembroke||Irish Ferries|
|Ferry connections to Ireland||shipping company|
|Ferry Cairnryan - Belfast||Stena Line|
|Cairnryan - Larne ferry||P&O Ferries|
|Cherbourg - Dublin ferry||Irish Ferries|
|Cherbourg - Rosslare ferry||Stena Line|
|Ferry Douglas - Belfast||Steam Packet|
|Ferry Douglas - Dublin||Steam Packet|
|Fishguard - Rosslare ferry||Stena Line|
|Holyhead - Dublin ferry||Irish Ferries, Stena Line|
|Liverpool - Dublin ferry||P&O Ferries|
|Liverpool Birkenhead Ferry - Belfast||Stena Line|
|Ferry Pembroke - Rosslare||Irish Ferries|
|Roscoff - Cork ferry||Brittany Ferries|
|Ferry Santander - Cork||Brittany Ferries|
|Ferry connections to Scotland||shipping company|
|Belfast - Cairnryan ferry||Stena Line|
|Kirkwall - Aberdeen ferry||Northlink Ferries|
|Larne - Cairnryan ferry||P&O Ferries|
|Lerwick - Aberdeen ferry||Northlink Ferries|
|Stromness - Scrabster ferry||Northlink Ferries|
Shipping companies to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
These shipping companies will take you to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales quickly, safely and comfortably even after Brexit.
- Brittany Ferries
- Condor Ferries
- Irish Ferries
- Norfolk Line
- Northlink Ferries
- P&O Ferries
- Steam Packet
- Stena Line
- Transmanche Ferries
Do I have to expect longer waiting times at the border crossings in the ports?
Rather not. Since Great Britain had never joined the Schengen Agreement anyway, travelers were checked on entry and exit before Brexit. Long waiting times should be avoidable with valid papers such as passport, driver's license and proof of insurance. Of course, it cannot be ruled out that stricter customs controls may initially lead to longer waiting times. Then it just takes a little patience.
Can I shop tax-free in the ferry's duty-free shops?
On your journey from the EU to Great Britain and back, you can still shop tax-free and duty-free on your ferry from January 1, 2021.
However, it should be noted that goods may only be imported tax-free and duty-free when entering Great Britain if they are intended for personal use and do not currently exceed a value of 270 euros. Both German Customs and the British Government provide travelers with detailed information on their websites about so-called exemptions for which no import duties are levied.
For the export of goods, since January 1, 2021, products of animal origin may no longer be exported. Exceptions to this are, among other things, baby and child food as well as special animal feed.
Do I need a passport or a visa in the future to be able to enter the UK after Brexit?
Even after Brexit, there will be no changes for citizens entering the UK from the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland. However, this regulation is limited in time and expires on September 30, 2021. Until then, entry is possible with both a valid passport and an identity card.
From October 1, 2021, ID cards will no longer be recognized and a valid passport must be presented upon entry. Only people with permanent status or cross-border work permits can continue to enter the United Kingdom (UK) with an identity card, for a limited period until December 31, 2025.
For citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, holidays and short trips in Great Britain are still possible without presenting a valid visa. However, the length of stay is limited to a maximum of six months. If you are planning a longer stay, you need a corresponding visa.
Can I drive a car in England with my driver's license from Germany, Austria and Switzerland?
Non-UK drivers can still drive in the UK. An additional international driver's license (IDP) is not required.
You are strongly advised to have a green card (international insurance card for motor vehicles) with you. It must be issued by the vehicle's insurer and contain the following information: the name of the insurer, the registration number and the duration of the insurance cover. In addition, it is advisable to have the insurer confirm that the UK is still listed on the Green Card before departure.
Can I take my pet with me on vacation in England after Brexit?
This question can be answered with a clear “yes”. The health precautions currently in force for pets will not change from January 1, 2021. Entry with dogs and cats is still possible with an EU pet passport. However, it is recommended to contact a veterinarian four months prior to entry in order to comply with all currently applicable regulations and to avoid unpleasant surprises at the border control. Vaccination against rabies and wearing a microchip implant are currently mandatory. The British government provides information online about all the requirements for entry with pets.
Do I need additional health and travel insurance?
If you have statutory health insurance, you should check whether you have a health insurance plan before traveling to the UK. Only then is there a right to all medically necessary services on site. If this is not the case, it makes sense to take out international health insurance. The British government also strongly advises travelers to take out travel insurance. It guarantees that in 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 Great Britain. By the way: You can find the European health insurance card on the back of your insurance card.