Pilgrim Guide to Brexit

Important to note:
  1. Due to the situation with COVID-19 in the UK, British travellers are not able to visit many countries except for essential reasons.
  2. These guidelines are a summary of regulations pertinent to most Camino Pilgrims. We strongly advise you also check the latest information and advice on international travel both from the UK and to the country you are visiting on the UK Government website in advance.


Should restrictions on travel be lifted, the following new rules apply:

  • UK nationals are now only able to travel without a visa to Schengen area countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This includes most of Europe:

 map of schengen area european commission


  • The rules for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania are different. You could make a 90-day trip to any of them and still not use up your 90-day allowance for other EU countries.
  • From 2022, UK nationals will have to pay for a visa-waiver scheme in order to visit many European countries.


  • Your passport:
    • Must be less than 10 years old
    • Must have at least six months left on it (except for trips to Ireland)

  • Your insurance:
    • Make sure you get health cover with your travel insurance. If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it only remains valid until its expiry date. This will eventually be replaced by a similar scheme, dubbed the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) but we do not know when this will be rolled out yet. 

  • Mobile phone:
    • Check your roaming charges with your provider, as guaranteed free roaming has now stopped.

  • Border control:
    • Use separate lanes from the EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

  • If you are driving in your own car:
    • Take your driving licence as well as your log book (V5C) and valid insurance documents.
    • You will also need to contact your insurer six weeks before you intend to travel to get a green card that will prove you have insurance.
    • If you do not have a photocard driving licence, just a paper version, you will need to buy an International Driving Permit for some European countries, which can be purchased from Post Offices for £5.50. You will also need an IDP if your licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man. More information on driving in Europe here.