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Travelling to Italy after Brexit

Travelling to Italy after Brexit
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The UK transition period after Brexit ends on 31 December 2020. British tourists will need to know what will change when they travel to Italy.

You may be asking yourself “Can I travel to Italy after Brexit?” Well, the answer is yes, but there will be some important changes that you’ll need to be aware of. 

Passports and passport control

Your passport will have to be less than 10 years old. It will also need more than six months left before expiry from the date of travel. Please note that your passport needs to fulfil both criteria. So if it is more than 10 years old, it will need to be renewed – even if it has six months left before it’s due to expire.

You will no longer be able to use the EU/EEA/CH queue since you will no longer be an EU citizen. You may also need to show your return ticket and prove you have enough money for your stay.

Travel visas

You will not need a visa for stays in Italy up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Planning a trip that involves Italy and other EU countries? You can do this without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

If you’re wondering “Can I travel to Italy for a period longer than 90 days?”, then the answer is yes. However, you may need to apply for a visa or permit depending on your reason for travelling to the country.

Further details regarding visa applications can be found on the Schengen Visa information website.

Health insurance

From 1 January 2021, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will no longer be valid. It will therefore be your responsibility to make sure you have comprehensive health insurance in place before you travel. This will ensure you are completely covered in the event that you get into an accident or get sick while in the country.

The EHIC scheme is used to cover pre-existing medical conditions, but many travel insurance companies do not. So if you have a pre-existing medical condition, it is very important that you check the small print before purchasing travel insurance.

Mobile roaming

Once the transition period is over, your UK-based mobile phone service provider is not legally obliged to provide free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU. It’s therefore worth checking with your provider to find out their plans with respect to EU mobile roaming for UK subscribers.

The good news is that you are protected from receiving mobile charges above £45 without your knowledge under a new law. You will need to opt in if you want to continue using mobile broadband services above the £45 limit. Check with your mobile operator about how to do this.

Pet travel

If you’re asking “Can I travel to Italy with a pet?”, the answer is yes. However, from 1 January 2021, you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme.

You will need to contact your vet at least 4 months before you and your pet are due to travel. It is worth checking the gov.uk website for up-to-date guidance on pet travel to Europe from 1 January 2021.

Take home

This information was correct at the time of writing. However, please do bear in mind that information about post-Brexit travel to Italy is under constant review.

It is definitely worth checking the gov.uk website regularly for up-to-date advice for travel to Italy.

 

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