UK travellers may be banned from entering the EU from January 2021.
UK citizens may be barred from entering the European Union from January 1 under current Covid-19 restrictions. When the Brexit transition period ends on December 31, unrestricted travel to EU states will no longer automatically apply to Brits. This means that we would be subject to the same travel regulations as other non-EU countries. Nothing is set in stone just yet and according to Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, “restrictions on travel, inevitably, is going to be something that’s kept under review.”
As it stands, only countries with low coronavirus infection rates qualify for non-essential travel into the EU and unfortunately, we are not one of them. There are only eight countries on the approved list and there are no plans to add the UK anytime soon.
The good news is that individual member states can decide to override the EU rules and create their own corridor with the UK if they choose. A representative for ABTA, the travel industry trade body, said: “The EU has sought to adopt a common approach to travel restrictions, but this is only a recommendation and individual countries are able to implement their own measures, including options like travel corridors and testing.”
“We know that UK travellers are hugely important to a number of EU destinations, including some winter sun favourites like the Canary Island and Madeira.”