It’s only a couple more weeks and we may finally get this whole BREXIT fiasco over and done with. Then we can start fighting about something more serious – like Vespa or Lambretta for instance. The Government have asked the Motorcycle Industry to pass on some tips to make sure we don’t have problems if riding, or travelling abroad after October 31st.
Aside from a good supply of straight bananas and a foot-long ruler here are some other essentials for travel to Europe.
- Passports: Make sure your passport is LESS THAN 10 years old AND HAS at least six months left before it expires if travelling after BREXIT, or you won’t be able to travel to most EU countries. Check if your passport will be valid here.
- Renewing a passport usually takes 3 weeks but a post BREXIT rush may make it slower than usual. Renew yours here.
- E111/EHIC: After BREXIT your old E111 or European Health Insurance Card may no longer be valid. Don’t travel without decent insurance. You can get some pointers on insurance here.
- Green card: You’ll also need a ‘green card’ to drive your own vehicle in Europe. Contact your insurance provider – allow at least one month.
- International Driving Permit: Some countries will also require an IDP. You can get one from selected Post Offices. Use this link to find the closest one to you.
- Other documents: If you’re taking your own vehicle abroad you’ll also need to carry your V5 and display a GB sticker. Our SLUK gel GB stickers are perfect for the job.
There’s some good news. After BREXIT we’ll be able to buy duty-free goods when travelling within the EU. You can buy them at ports, airports and international train stations in the UK. Also on board ships, planes and trains from the UK. This rule doesn’t apply to goods brought from Northern Ireland to Ireland.
Some rules are changing relating to the duty you pay on goods you bring back from the UK. You can find out more here.
It may not be free but it’s your duty to buy from the SLUK Shop