Brexit and travel advice

Travel advice for students, applicants and staff

The University has not placed any additional restrictions on travel as a result of Brexit. However, you should follow the Brexit travel guidance outlined on these pages. In addition, University staff should continue to plan and book all international travel using the existing UWE Bristol international travel process (staff login required).

These pages summarise advice published the UK Government, ABTA and the University’s Insurer UMAL. UWE Bristol will update these pages regularly, however, you should click on the links provided to ensure you are fully up-to-date.

The Government has published country-specific information on their travel advice pages to help you prepare for travel now that we have left the European Union (EU). You can also receive the latest updates by signing up for alerts on each country page.

Use the Government's advice on travel after Brexit, together with the guidance on these UWE Bristol pages for information on what you need to do before travelling.

Travel advice and information

Common Travel Area (CTA)

The CTA is an arrangement between the UK, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. The CTA is not reliant on membership of the EU. If you’re a British or Irish citizen in another part of the CTA, you’re not required to take any action and you can continue to travel freely within the CTA without seeking immigration permission from the authorities. If you are a non-Irish or non-British citizen, you should ensure that you follow entry clearance requirements.


Planes still fly between the UK and the EU and flights will continue as normal.


Trains from the UK to the EU continue to operate.


Ferry services still sail as the majority of the rules under which they operate are not based on EU rules, but are international.


Coaches are still be able to travel to and from the EU, and continue to take passengers to and around EU countries as usual.

Health Insurance and the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

For all international travel, Europe or elsewhere, it is important that travellers download and keep with them a copy of the University’s travel insurance cover summary. This short document contains emergency contact details and policy reference for Global Response, which will be required should there be a need to establish a guarantee of payment for medical charges.


Check the date your passport expires. When travelling to the EU, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival in an EU country.

For non-Schengen EU countries you will need to check the entry requirement for that country before travelling.

You should also check when your passport was renewed. 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 over 10 years will not count towards the six months that must be remaining. The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules.

You can renew your passport online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your travel plans.


You should check with the embassy of the country where you plan to travel for what type of visa, if any, you will need. You can find information about entry requirements on the Government’s country-specific travel advice pages. 

Using a bank card

Using a bank card or other financial services in the EU after exit may be affected. Read more about using a bank card, insurance or other financial service in the EU. Your ability to use your bank card in the EU is unlikely to change as a result of leaving the EU; however, it may become more expensive.