To make your European cruise as smooth as possible, here is some helpful information about Brexit and travelling. You can view full details, sign up for email alerts and check travel advice on the UK Government’s dedicated page.


Check the date your passport expires. When travelling to the EU, you’ll need to have at least 6 months left on your passport to travel to most countries in Europe. The passport must also be less than 10 years old.

You should also check when your passport was renewed. If you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to its validity. This additional time may not count towards the 6 months that must be remaining. Click here to check the validity of your passport under these rules.

If you need to renew your passport, you can do this online or at the Post Office with a Check and Send service.

Please ensure you allow plenty of time to renew your passport before your cruise holiday.


The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will no longer be valid. All EHIC cards issued before the end of 2020 will be valid until their expiry date.

When travelling in the EU and beyond, you must obtain travel insurance that covers your circumstances – including any pre-existing medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the T&Cs and contact your insurance provider if you’re unsure.


British citizens will not require a visa for short holidays to the Schengen Area, which includes most EU Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Tourists will be permitted to visit this group of countries for up to a total of 90 days in any 180-day period. However, if visiting non-Schengen countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus or Romania, different rules will apply.

At border control, you may be required to show a return or onward ticket, demonstrate that you have sufficient funds for your stay and may also be required to join a separate queue from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. You need to make sure you have the supporting documentation ready in your hand luggage and should be prepared for longer queues at the border.

Any individual seeking to stay in an EU country for longer than 90 days, or who wants to work, study or travel on business for any period, may require a visa.

Despite these changes, travelling to Ireland has not been affected, as the Common Travel Area remains in place. This means British citizens can continue to travel and work in Ireland without a visa or any limit on their stay.