Holidaying in Europe from January 1st 2021

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As all readers know, the transition period of the UK leaving the EU ends on the last day of this year.

The new Uk passport is much the same colour as ones prior to EU membership.

From the beginning of 2021, new rules will be in force.

Most Britons travelling in Europe will be staying or visiting one of the countries that form the Schengen bloc.

These countries are;



Czech Republic,



















Although Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are not part of the Schengen agreement you can travel to those countries under the same rules.

You will note that three important destinations for UK holidaymakers are not included – Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland.

Ireland has a common travel area with the UK so a passport isn’t required but it is advised to carry it as it gives photographic proof of who you are.

As regards Croatia and Cyprus, along with two other countries – Bulgaria and Romania –   you will be allowed to visit as per the Schengen requirements outlined below but although you can pass between any of the Schengen countries in a period of 90 days, your visit to any of the four will not count towards that 90 days period. You could for example spend 10 days in Cyprus, then cross to Greece for a further 90 and you would not infringe the rules.

The rules for visiting the Schengen area are as follows;

According the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development travel website pages, the rules are:

  1. you will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
  2. if you are travelling to any Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel would count towards the 90-day limit
  3. To stay for longer, to work or study, for business or for other reasons, you will need to meet the entry requirements as outlined. You should check with the embassy of each country concerned to see what type of visa and/or work permit, if any, you will need.
  4. if you are in a country with a visa or permit, your stay will not count towards the 90-day limit.

When you arrive in one the countries you need to show a return or onward ticket, show you have enough money for your stay, and to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing

Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (except Ireland).

You have just forty days left before the rules change so if you need a new passport, move quickly.

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