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European Travel after Brexit

All the information you need for European travel after Brexit

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Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to travel without being accompanied throughout the journey by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.
Children aged 14 - 15 years old may travel unaccompanied, as from 5am, arriving at their booked destination no later than 10pm. Unaccompanied children will be asked for proof of age or a signed letter of permission from their parent/guardian. (sms or chat based messages are not permissible)

One infant aged 0-2 travels free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Additional infants aged 0-2 must be paid for. If you are travelling with more than 1 infant aged 0-2, please book the additional infant as 'Children (3-15).


National Express European Travel Policies

Here you can find our National Express European travel policies for our services.

Are your European services still running?

Yes, we are currently taking bookings as normal on our European services. If this should change as a result of Brexit negotiations, a notification will be placed on our website.

What happens if you cancel European services?

As per our Terms & Conditions if we cancel a service operated by National Express, we will issue a full ticket refund or where possible an subject to availability we will help you with changing the date / time of your journey.

For the avoidance of doubt, we will not be responsible for such additional costs or losses where caused by Circumstances Beyond our Reasonable Control or any reason as a result of or in contemplation of Brexit.

*Please note we do operate as a sales agent for some 3rd party European Services, in this situation you should refer to the terms and conditions of that operator for cancellation conditions

Will prices of your European services go up as a result of Brexit?

We will continue to work to ensure we provide the best value fares on our European services.

Are there any changes to items/goods I can take on European services?

We do not expect to change our conditions of carriage regarding luggage and prohibited items on our European services.

Changes to any regulations regarding items subject to duty are dependent on Brexit negotiations but it possible that the “blue channel” for travellers arriving from the EU will cease to exist and new limits will be imposed on goods that can be taken across borders.

We will work with border controls and any ferry ports used by our European services to manage this.

Government Guidance

Here is the current Government guidance on travel post Brexit. As the situation remains fluid we highly recommend that you regularly review the GOV.uk website for information.

Will my passport still be valid for travel?

Any British passport issued up to (or on) 31 January 202o will be valid as a full EU document until 11 pm on that date. British passports that expire after 31 January 2020 will continue to be valid as UK travel documents but will lose the power that comes with being a European Union passport.

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe are dependent on Brexit negotiations but are likely to change. Current Government advice for British passport holders in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal is:

After 31 January 2020:

  1. You should have 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
    If you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count.
  2. The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

An online tool allows you to check a passport for travel to Europe.

For any further information Home Office guidance can be here www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office

(Information sourced from the Home Office - www.GOV.UK)

Will I need a visa or other documentation for my travel?

Passengers are responsible for obtaining any travel documentation required and must have it in their possession when boarding and travelling on any European services. This includes proof of identity and any authorisations and permits, including a valid passport and any required visas or documents

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe are dependent on Brexit negotiations but are likely to change.

European travel may require some form of online registration or application but this has yet to be confirmed.

For further information please contact the National Embassy of the country you are travelling to or through, on your journey. Unfortunately, our customer service team do not have the expertise to advise on this.

Will there be extra delays/a longer journey time due to border checks?

We do not yet know what changes there will be - this is dependent on Brexit negotiations.

Our intention will be to minimise any delays the best we can. We will continue to work with border controls and any ferry ports used by our European services to manage any additional requirements as efficiently as possible to ensure they do not impact on journey times.

Will there be extra border checks?

Passengers are responsible for complying with the laws of any countries from, to or through which they are travelling, including any legal requirements for travel.

The introduction of any extra border checks is dependent on the terms agreed in Brexit negotiations. We will work with border controls and any ferry ports used by our European services to manage this.

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