People from the UK travelling to Europe will face a new set of rules from 1 January.

That means everything from passports, health cover, driving rights and even how much duty-free you can bring back will alter.

As well as the EU, the new rules effect the EEA area too - so countries including Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.

A new campaign is emphasising what people need to check now ahead of travelling from 2021 on after years of free movement and reciprocal arrangement on things like healthcare and mobile phone use are scrapped.

There are even more changes if you're travelling for business rather than pleasure - with going to meetings and conferences, providing services (even with a charity) and touring art or music shows all affected too.

Here are the key changes to be aware of:

Passports

How passport rules are changing

Passports that are in date - no matter their colour - will stay valid.

But from January 1, you’ll need your passport to both:

The good news is that there is no change to the passport rules for people travelling to Ireland.

The bad news is if you don't renew your passport, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Driving

Driving permits will be required to use the roads of EU countries
Driving permits will be required to use the roads of EU countries

UK licences will stop being automatically valid for driving in the EU.

That means you may need extra documents from 1 January 2021 - such as an international driving permit (IDP) in some countries.

They cost £5.50 and can be picked up from a Post Office, but can be country specific, so check you get the right type.

If you’re taking your own vehicle, you might also need a "green card" or valid proof of insurance and a GB sticker.

Travelling with pets

If you're planing to bring a dog, cat or ferret, you need to plan months ahead

Current pet passports will not be valid from 2021 onwards, so owners need to contact their vets four month before travel to get a new one.

Sadly, as we still don't have a deal in place, we're not sure yet exactly what you will need to get to travel.

In the worst case, you will need to have your pet microchipped, vaccinated, and tested for rabies to get an animal health certificate that will be valid to enter the EU for 10 days (although you then have 4 months to come back)

There's full guidance about pet travel to Europe from 1 January 2021 here.

Mobile phone roaming

Your right to free data roaming in the EU ends on January 1

By law, phone providers have to charge you the same rate for using minutes, data and texts wherever you are in the EU.

That right stops on 1 January.

Instead, you'll have to check your mobile deal to see what you'll pay instead.

The good news is that many providers - including EE, Vodafone, Three Mobile and O2 - have no current plans to reintroduce roaming charges.

But that might change, so it's best to make sure ahead of time.

Duty free

Duty free shopping took the third spot

As things stand, you can bring back as much wine, beer, spirits or tobacco as you like if you buy it in the EU - as long as it's for personal use.

That's changing.

From January 1st, the amount you can bring back without having to pay tax here is being limited.

On the plus side, you get the right to duty-free shopping in airports, ferries and on planes again.

Here are the new limits:

Alcohol:   

Tobacco:              

Any other goods