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Staff: Potential travel implications for a no-deal Brexit

29 August 2019

As the Brexit deadline of 31 October approaches, staff 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. 

Please also be aware that, in addition to potential travel disruptions, it is possible that a no-deal Brexit could impact travel insurance. It is recommended to keep checking 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.

Details of the UCL business travel insurance policy can be found on our website, along with information on how to register your trip and contact details.  

Key Travel provide support with all types of travel requirements for UCL, including flights, hotels and rail travel. The team at Key Travel will be able to help you with booking or rearranging your travel. 

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 a new 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. 

Stay up to date with our website UCL and Brexit, where you can find answers to FAQs for staff and keep informed of UCL’s work informing the debate, strengthening our European partnerships and facilitating access to EU programmes.

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.