Brexit & Your Student Trip
On 1st January 2021, the UK officially left the EU. At StudyLink we recognise that you may require more information for your upcoming study tour, so we’ve compiled a guide to help you with the changes you can expect when travelling within Europe (including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland).
British Passport Holders - Passports should have at least 6 months validity remaining on them from the date of travel and be less than 10 years old (except for travel to Ireland). If the traveller renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to the passport’s expiry date: these extra months will not count.
Remember that it can take up to 10 weeks to get a new passport, and it will take longer for postal applications. We advise travellers to check the validity of their passport at the earliest opportunity.
British passport holder will no longer be able to use the EU or EEA passport lanes, therefore longer border control queues at the airport should be expected.
In addition to their passport, travellers may be asked to show:
- A return or onward ticket
- That they have sufficient money for their stay
We also recommend that all non-British passport holders have a minimum of 6 months left on their passport when re-entering the UK.
For short-term study trips, British passport holders will not require a Visa for travel within most EU countries (including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland). Travellers will be permitted to stay for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.
Although British citizens will not need a visa to visit Europe, they will need to purchase an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) visa waiver for travel from 2022 onwards (at a charge of €7). ETIAS is being introduced to register visitors from visa-exempt non-EU nations.
The system will be launched on 1st January 2022 and it will become obligatory for all travellers by the end of 2022. Travellers will need to apply online before travel.
For foreign nationals studying in the UK, a short stay visa or Schengen visa (Schengenvisum) may be required. Foreign nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland as well as some other countries are exempt from the visa requirement.
Through the StudyLink Visa partner, your students can check the Visa and entry requirements for their study tour destination here
Airport Transit Visas:
For some international students, an airport transit visa may be required for travel between the UK and other third countries, when transiting via another EU member state (excluding Ireland, Iceland, Norway & Switzerland).
The airport transit visa allows travellers to make a short stop at an EU member state airport, for onward travel to a destination outside of the Schengen Area.
If transiting via two airports within the Schengen area, for onward travel outside Schengen, they will need to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa. Airport transit visas should be obtained from the consulate of the country where the transit occurs.
Travellers can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which allows them to access state healthcare in Europe at a reduced rate or sometimes for free.
Any current European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC), will remain valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, an application can be made for a GHIC to replace it.
Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay. The new GHIC card is free to obtain from the official GHIC website.
However, it is worth noting that the GHIC or EHIC is not a substitute for comprehensive travel insurance.
Insurance cover forms a vital part of your group travel package. As part of the UK’s leading worldwide group travel experts for higher and further education establishments, we provide specialist group insurance cover.
The guarantee of free data roaming when travelling in Europe has now come to an end. Travellers should check with their mobile phone network provider for any data roaming charges prior to travel.
A new UK law has been put into place to protect consumers from unknowingly incurring excessive data roaming charges.
Food & drink:
There are restrictions in place over taking specific food products into European countries. Travellers cannot take meat or milk products (or any products containing them) into the EU. There are also restrictions over other food & drink items.
Further information can be found at the following websites:
General travel advice
Useful travel advice can be found at the following websites:
If you have any specific questions, please get in touch.
Information correct as of April 2021.