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Potential travel implications for a no-deal Brexit

21 August 2019

As the Brexit deadline of 31 October approaches, students who are travelling abroad are advised to be aware of possible disruptions and/or changes to travel in case the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

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Disruptions could include cancellations, or delays caused by people travelling with less than 6 months on their passport, having to use the non-EU queue, or extra checks at border control. 

While this would most likely have the greatest effect on travel between the UK and other EU countries, there is also the potential for a knock-on effect on travel to other countries.

As a result, you may want to consider booking your travel to avoid travelling on or shortly after 31 October, if possible. 

If you are intending to travel over this period, or have already booked to travel, please check the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) pages on visiting Europe after Brexit and travel advice issued for individual countries, both at the point of booking international travel and immediately before travelling.

It’s also a good idea to find out where your country’s embassy is located in the country you are visiting. If you need any help while you are abroad, you should contact or visit your embassy who should be able to support you in the first instance. 

If you have a British passport, the Government has provided advice on the travel implications for a ‘no deal’ Brexit and issued guidance on new passport rules for travelling to EU countries. The FCO is currently advising the following: 

After 31 October 2019:

1)    You should have six months left on your passport from the date of arrival. 
2)    If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count. 

There is an online passport check available that can tell you how much time is left on your passport and whether you will be able to travel to specific countries. 

If you are an international student, please check any travel advice issued by your country. 

Stay up to date with our website UCL and Brexit, where you can find details of support available and the answers to FAQs for students.

The Brexit situation is changing fast, with new developments every day – we urge you to check the links given in this article often for the very latest updates.