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British citizens travelling for tourism

Information for British citizens travelling outside the UK in the event of a no deal.

The guidance will be reviewed regularly and updated as appropriate. You are advised to check this page regularly for further updates.


If you are a British citizen travelling to the EU for tourism the UK Government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival in an EU country.

If you renewed your passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count towards the 6 months that must be remaining.

You can check the validity of your passport under these rules by using the UK Government’s passport checking tool.

Full details on renewing your passport.

Medical care

In the event of a no deal Brexit, UK registered European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) will no longer be valid and you will not be able to access state medical care when travelling in another EU country.

Make sure that you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the terms and conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.

Travel time

In the event of a no deal, travel time between the UK and Europe may increase so British citizens should allow plenty of time when transiting through UK and EU airports.