Five steps to take when travelling to France from 1 January 2021
1. Check to see if your passport will still be valid
If you have a British passport, you will need to have at least six months left on your passport and your passport must have been issued within the last 10 years.
2. Take out travel insurance with adequate healthcare cover
No new European health insurance cards (Ehics) will be issued to UK citizens, but you can continue to use yours in France while validity lasts. It is always best to be covered when travelling abroad and ABTA recommends you take out a comprehensive travel policy before making any trip.
3. Make sure you have all the documents you need to drive in Europe
If you are driving your own car, you’ll need a green card (insurance certificate) to show that you’re insured in the EU. You’ll also need a GB sticker on your car.
If you only have a paper copy of your driving licence, you may also need an international driving permit.
4. Get the necessary vaccines and certificate to take your pet abroad
Your pet passport will no longer be valid, instead you will need an Animal Health Certificate and your pet will need to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.
5. Check your mobile phone company’s policy on data roaming
Rules around mobile data roaming are changing meaning you may face charges when using your phone abroad, including for making calls, sending messages or using the internet. Check with your mobile phone provider about their data roaming policy.