Ferry Crossing to the UK after Brexit

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1. Will ferries operate normally after Brexit?

Yes, no matter the outcome of Brexit, ferries between the EU and the UK will stay operational.If “the deal” is approved, there will be a transition period until the end of 2020, with ferries continuing to operate normally.

Considering the “no deal” outcome, UK ferry operators will still be allowed to operate between the UK and EU, and similar agreement goes for the other way (from the EU to the UK).

Booking a ferry, for the period after the 31 October 2019 should be completely safe, as the EU Commission assured that ferries will continue to operate as usual. 

2. British investment in ferry lines (in case of no deal)

The British government will spend approximately 103 million, for the “no deal” ferries.

Over the past few months, there were many additional ferry contracts awarded, to different ferry companies, including; British, French and Danish companies.

The future plans allow 4000 or more lorries arriving from other ports in a week, including Poole, Portsmouth and Plymouth.

3. Irish Ferries required documentation

For Irish citizens travelling to the UK or vice versa, a passport is recommended, but they can use any other valid form of identification.

4. European citizens the required documentation, for the ferry passings.

All the nationalities except British and Irish, require a passport and may even require a Visa.

Any other form of documentation such as; drivers license, bank cards, photo ID and birth certificate can also be useful (accompanied by a passport).

5. French citizens travelling to Ireland

French citizens travelling to Ireland will need a passport or a valid Europan ID card (even babies). If they are planning to drive, they also need a valid drivers license.

6. Will I need a Visa, to travel to the United Kingdom? 

If there is no deal (between the EU and the UK), the British citizens will be able to travel without a Visa, if European citizens can do the same (travel to the UK without a Visa), according to the European Commission.

From the year 2021, a small fee, approx. €7 will be charged to UK citizens (as a part of all third-country visitors of the EU, travel authorisation).

7. The driver permits and travelling with your pets, to the European Union

Currently, with a UK drivers license, you don’t need any additional driver permits.

The “no deal” option can change that, as the UK drivers who will want to use their car in the Europan Union, in the period after the 31. October 2019, might need to apply for an additional driving permit. Even with the no deal option, your pet will be able to go with you to the EU.

There will be some changes in the health and other documentation, so if you are planning to take your pets with you, in the period after the end of October 2019, you should talk to an official Veterinarian, at least 4 months prior departure.

8. Changes at the Dublin port

At the port of Dublin, they are already taking measures to ensure a proper infrastructure for the “no deal” scenario. Whether there will be “a deal” or “no deal”, they want to avoid time-consuming inspections or any delays with shipped goods.

They are investing 10 million, for so-called primary inspections and an additional 20 million for secondary inspections.

They want to establish a good infrastructure to properly check lorries and vans, ensuring the fast movement of perishable and sensitive goods.

The Dublin port is very efficient today and it’s planning to remain at top efficiency with a deal or without the deal.