Don’t get caught out by Brexit travel rules from 1 January

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Passport Renewal

You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

If you do not renew your passport, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries as well as to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

If you’re using your passport as ID to visit Ireland, you do not need to renew it as long as it’s valid for the whole of your stay. This is because of the special travel regime, the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK, which predates the EU.

Length of Stay rules from 1 January 2021

If you’re a tourist, you will not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.  All trips to any of these countries are totalled up for this purpose .

Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. If you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total.

You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel.

Travel to Ireland will not change from 1 January 2021. You’ll also be able to work and live in Ireland in the same way as before.

SRC-Time are one of the South East’s leading accountancy firms in advising businesses in all aspects of their accounting and tax affairs and we are able to assist in any issue raised above. 

Our expert team is available to provide you with advice and can be contacted on 01273 326 556 or you can drop us an email at info@src-time.co.uk or speak with an account manager to get any process started. 

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