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Brexit and Travelling to Austria

One thing’s for certain: You can still travel to Austria after Brexit – and we look forward to welcoming you. However, there are a few things travellers might want to consider to be on the safe side.


On 31 January 2020, the UK has left the EU with a deal. Overall, this means that nothing will change until the end of 2020. What happens after 31 December 2020 depends on the agreement between the UK and the EU that needs to be reached in this 11-month transition period.

Visa Requirements

You will not need a visa to travel to Austria for a holiday. Since there is a deal in place, everything will remain as it currently is until the end of 2020. After transition, tourists from the UK will most likely be allowed to visit EU countries for up to 90 days in every 180 days without a visa, but they will not be allowed to work or study. EU officials have said that this will be true as long as the UK affords EU nationals the same rights.

Passports

Until the end of 2020, you can freely travel to the EU with a UK passport, provided that it is valid for the entirety of your trip. Starting on 1 January 2021, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 more months if you want to travel to the EU.

EHIC / Travel Insurance

Within the EU, the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) gives citizens access to a wide range of healthcare options; you will still be able to access all these services freely until 31 December 2020. What happens after that depends on the EU-UK negotiations. It is recommended to buy travel insurance for any trip after the end of 2020 to be safe.

Driving in Austria

Until 31 December 2020, nothing will change, and you can simply use your British driving licence to drive in Austria. What happens after that depends on the negotiations in the coming months. It is possible that you will need an International Driving Permit (specifically an International Driving Permit 1968), which you can obtain from your post office.

Taking Your Pet on Holiday

Until 31 December 2020, European pet passports remain valid and you can travel with your pet as you usually would. What happens after that depends on the negotiations in the coming months. The UK could ask the EU to become an "EU listed country" which would make it easier to travel with pets.

In summation:

  • Nothing will change until 31 December 2020
  • Future rules depend on negotiations in the next 11 months
  • You will not need a visa to travel to Austria
  • 2020: your passport needs to be valid for the entirety of your trip; from 2021: needs to be valid for 6 months
  • 2020: European health insurance still valid; we recommend buying travel insurance if you want to travel after December 2020
  • 2020: no changes for driving in the EU; 2021: some countries may require an International Driving Permit

 

Find more information from the BBC here.

Find more information from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) here.