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Potential travel implications for a no-deal Brexit

1 February 2019

Should the UK exit the European Union without a deal, it is probable that there will be travel disruptions in and around major airports, ports and international railway stations.

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These 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 29 March, if possible. 

Please also be aware that, in addition to potential travel disruptions, it is possible that a ‘no deal’ Brexit could impact on any travel insurance. It is recommended to check the guidance issued by the FCO at the point of booking international travel. 

If you have already booked to travel over the holidays, please keep checking the FCO website for any updates in the lead up to your trip, and while you are away, so you can be prepared for any further disruptions. 

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 on holiday, 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 an update on 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 29 March 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. 

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 answers to FAQs 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.