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Travel latest news: UK tourists warned of post-Brexit rule changes

The Government has launched a new campaign to help UK holidaymakers plan their post-Brexit trips to the EU, with rules on passports, driving and pets all set to change.

With the Brexit transition period set to end on January 1, Britons heading to EU countries in 2021 (as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) will be subject to extra checks and regulations

Passports will have to be less than 10 years old, and must be valid for at least six months from departure, while travellers are also being advised to check health insurance requirements for next year, since European Health Insurance Cards will no longer be valid.

Some EU countries do not recognise UK drivers licences, and any holidaymakers wishing to drive will need to obtain an International Driving Permit.

Pet-owners face some of the most daunting rule changes: EU pet passports will be rendered invalid after Brexit, and anyone wishing to take a cat or dog into Europe will have to complete a four-month application process.

The Government is also warning that UK travellers will no longer automatically receive free data-roaming, although most mobile networks have confirmed they will not introduce charges.

Those with European holidays booked for next year are being urged to check travel information on a new, dedicated Government webpage, and the campaign will also be advertised online, on social media and in print.

Minister for the European neighbourhood, Wendy Morton, said: "The campaign launching today will help British nationals prepare for visits to Europe by bringing together all the information they need to know in one place so they can plan in advance and get on with their trip."

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