As you are aware, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on Friday 31st January 2020. This date will mark the beginning of a transition period which runs until the end of 2020, during which the United Kingdom and the European Union will work to agree longer term arrangements from 2021 onwards.
We would like to assure our customers and partners that it is very much a case of “business as usual” at Eurostar and that there will be no immediate changes to our operations or procedures during 2020.
Please see below for further details in the form of Q & A. For even more information, we would invite you to contact your Account Manager:
BREXIT AND EUROSTAR SERVICES
Will there be changes to Eurostar’s service after Brexit?
Following the withdrawal agreement agreed between the UK and EU, Eurostar services will continue on the existing basis, timetable and terms and conditions following Brexit on 31st January. We are working closely with our station partners, Governments and border authorities on both sides of the Channel to ensure that robust plans are in place for us to continue to operate in either a deal or 'no-deal' scenario after the transition period.
Will I need a visa to travel between the UK and the EU after Brexit?
The EU has agreed to give British citizens visa-free travel to member states, even in a no-deal scenario, for trips up to 90 days. The UK had previously confirmed that EU citizens will be able to make short-term visits to the UK without a visa.
Can I still travel with my EEA ID card after Brexit?
The UK government has confirmed that EU identity cards would remain valid for travel to the UK initially. Although there will be no immediate change, this cannot be guaranteed after the introduction of a new immigration system from 1 January 2021. Find out more.
Will there be any changes to the travel documents I need after Brexit?
Should the UK not secure a deal with the EU after the transition period, passports may be required to have six months validity from the date of arrival at your destination. The government has created an online tool to check if a passport needs to be renewed before travel.
Will I still be able to use my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) after Brexit?
Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) might not be valid if the UK leaves the EU without a deal after the transition period. You should always ensure that you have travel insurance with healthcare cover before you travel abroad. And it’s important to check the terms of your policy, as some policies don’t cover pre-existing medical conditions
The full range of UK government advice about travel after Brexit can be found here.
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