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Brexit travel changes to EU countries from Friday

Comprehensive travel insurance recommended

You are being advised to have full and comprehensive travel insurance in place if you plan to go to an EU country from Friday onwards.

It follows the Brexit deal reached between the UK and Europe on Christmas Eve.

A passport must be valid for at least six months before the expiry date and you will need a visa for stays of longer than 90 days in a 180-day period.

Travellers should expect extra border checks on arrival in the EU and on returning to the UK.

EU pet passports will no longer be valid and you will need an animal health certificate from your vet instead.

There is still access to emergency healthcare and European Health Insurance Cards will remain valid until they expire. These are due to be replaced by a UK Global Health Insurance Card.

The agreement states the UK and EU will co-operate on "fair and transparent rates for international mobile phone roaming" but the advice is check with your operator.

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