Majority Unaware of New EU/Ireland Travel Rules

A vast majority of people are unaware of the new EU/Ireland travel rules, which will come into effect from January 1, 2021

The vast majority of people in the UK are unaware of the changes that will affect travel to the EU and the Republic of Ireland from the end of this year. This is according to new research by Discovery Ferries.

The research found that almost all of the 2,000 survey participants failed to identify all of the changes that will apply to travel to the EU from January 1, 2021. Only 3% were aware of all the changes that will apply when travelling to the Republic of Ireland next year.

Over half (54%) weren’t aware that they’ll need at least six months validity on their passports to travel to the EU from 2021, 70% didn’t realise they’ll need a Green Card from their insurance company to drive their own car in the EU and 62% weren’t aware they might need an International Driving Permit. 43% didn’t realise that they’ll still be able to visit without a passport.

More than a quarter thought they’d need a visa to travel to the EU, which is unnecessary for trips of less than 90 days. A third were unaware that the EHIC free European Health Insurance scheme will end for UK citizens in just over a months time – December 31, 2020.

Abby Penlington, Director of Discover Ferries said: “Amidst UK lockdowns and the festive period, updating travel documents may not be at the forefront of the public’s mind. But spending a little time planning now, will mean people are ready to rearrange postponed holidays and book visits to see loved ones as soon as they are able to.”