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Brits going on holiday to EU next year urged to prepare for big changes to passports & health insurance after Brexit

BRITS heading on holiday to the EU next year are being urged to brace themselves now for big changes after Brexit.

Tourists should get in the habit of checking passports, health insurance and mobile contracts before leaving, ministers say.

UK visitors will face extra checks as of January 1, when we exit the EU’s single market and free movement zone.

The Government yesterday launched a £93million publicity campaign called “Check. Change. Go.” urging Brits to get ready now for next year’s changes.

Senior Tory Michael Gove said: “There are actions that businesses and citizens must take now to ensure we are ready to hit the ground running.”

Tourists will be turned away if they do not have at least six months left on their passport.

Border guards will also be able to ask travellers to prove the reason for their visit and length of stay.

That means Brits should be ready to present a return or onward ticket and show they have enough holiday money.

Ministers are also advising people they will need to take out travel insurance from next year as UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards for free emergency treatment will not be valid.

People may also need to buy an international driving permit.

Travellers should also check their mobile network as we will not be covered by the EU ban on roaming charges.

But networks including EE, Three, O2, Tesco Mobile, Sky Mobile, and GiffGaff have already said they have no plans to reintroduce the charges.

And Brits will face paying a £6 travel authorisation fee to fund extra EU ­security checks from the start of 2023.

Many changes will not apply to movement between the UK and Ireland.

Traveller's checks: What changes in January

PASSPORTS: Burgandy passports or with EU on cover are valid but needs to have more than six months left before renewal.

INSURANCE: EHIC (European Health Insurance Cards) are no longer valid (from Jan 1st). Private insurance recommended.

PHONES: UK visitors are not covered by EU laws banning roaming charges. But some providers will not reintroduce fees.

CARS: An international driving permit might be required. There are two types, 1-year and 3-year. Both are £5.50.

CUSTOMS: UK travellers cannot use e-gates. Queue with “rest of world”. Proof of cash to fund trip may be needed.

PETS: EU pet passport no longer valid. Health certificate, microchip & vaccinations needed four months before travel.

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