The Holiday Guru is always there to answer your questions.
This week he gives advice on how to prepare to travel in Europe from January 1st.
Q. In January my wife and I are hoping to be in Barcelona to see the works of the architect Antoni Gaudi. What are the Covid rules? Do you have any hotel recommendations?
Jason Young, Liverpool.
Architectural gem: Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell is one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona
A. You will need a negative Covid-PCR test, which will be carried out within 72 hours of travel. Note that some attractions such as the Gaudi House Museum and Sagrada Familia Cathedral are closed, but Gaudi’s Casa Mila (lapedrera.com) and Park Guell (parkguell.barcelona) are both open.
The W Barcelona Hotel occupies a striking seafront glass building designed by architect Ricardo Bofill and offers rooms from £ 175 (marriott.commarriott.com). See also i-escape.com.
Question: Is it really possible for the British to be excluded from visiting Europe in January if there is a no-deal Brexit?
Jennifer Samson, via email.
A. Without an agreement, Great Britain would have the status of a “third country” in the eyes of the EU. Currently, only eight third countries with very low Covid infection rates are allowed to enter, including New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Thailand.
Brussels says it does not intend to put the UK on that list, so each EU country would have to decide whether to set up “travel corridors”. So far most of them have stuck to the Brussels position. However, there is a possibility that current travel arrangements will continue. Fingers crossed.
Question: If and when the EU countries allow us, will the travel rules change?
Ben Kelly, via email.
A. Once the Covid restrictions have been resolved, you can travel up to 90 days in Europe within a period of 180 days with no further documentation required until the end of 2022. You will then need a £ 6.45 visa waiver permit for three years.
Q. Do I need a blue passport to go anywhere next year?
Catherine Doyle, Liverpool.
A. No, but your red passport must still be valid for six months and must not be older than ten years.
Q. Will my European Health Insurance Card work?
Andrew Adams, via email.
European health insurance cards may no longer be valid from January 2021, the guru says
A. Unless the UK and the EU agree to this before January 1st, No. The cards can still be used by people who live in the EU and receive “exportable benefits”, e.g. B. a UK state pension, frontier workers (someone who works in one state and lives in another) and those studying there. Others should take out travel insurance with health coverage of at least £ 2 million. However, “medical corridors” could be established with individual countries.
Q. I am concerned about the use of my mobile phone if there are new charges in the EU.
Sarah Jane, Norwich.
A. Since 2017 we have been able to use phones in the EU at no extra charge. The four main telephone operators state that they will not introduce any new charges.
Q. I like to take my car with me on the ferry to Europe. Will there be new driving rules?
David Richardson, Coventry.
A. Yes. You may need an international driver’s license (available from the post office for £ 5.50). You definitely need a “Green Card” from your insurer.
Q. We have a holiday home in Provence. Can we still take our dog with us with a pet passport?
Mia Smith, Battersea, London.
A. A rabies vaccination from an EU-approved veterinarian is required three months prior to departure, and an “animal health certificate” must be issued no later than ten days prior to departure.
Question: Did the government give advice on travel after January 1st?
Robert Woodhouse, Truro, Cornwall.
A. Yes. For more information, please visit the website at gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021.
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