Brexit information and updates

Our shuttles will be running as usual, whatever form Brexit takes.

As the UK has left the EU there will be a transition period until at least 31st December 2020. This means there’s absolutely no change to travel in Europe throughout 2020. Your passport and EHIC card are still valid, and pet travel regulations remain unchanged. You also won't need to apply for a visa.

So, don’t let Brexit change your holiday plans. Book now and travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. The simplest, fastest, most environmentally-friendly way to cross the Channel by car.

If you still have questions about Brexit visit our links below.


Travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

  • We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact Brexit will have on our customers.

    For the latest news and advice please visit our Brexit hub.

  • Eurotunnel cannot control traffic flow outside of its terminals, however, we will continue to work with local authorities to ensure our customers are kept up to date. In the unfortunate event of a build-up of traffic on the motorway which results in customers arriving late, we will as always endeavour to accommodate them on the next available shuttle*.

    Our service operates 7 days a week, 24hrs a day.

    * a payment of difference in fare may apply.

  • Our pricing is based on supply and demand, so we always recommend that you book early to benefit from the best fares. Should you need to make changes to your travel plans you can amend your booking - without being charged an admin fee - up to 24 hours before you travel with us (subject to availability*).

    Over the past 2 years the Eurotunnel team have been working to ensure our service is prepared for Brexit. We would advise that you read the Government recommendations below to ensure you have all the necessary documentation.

    * a payment of difference in fare may apply.

  • Yes - the Channel Tunnel will definitely be open after Brexit, and Eurotunnel will be operating as normal whatever form Brexit takes.

    We’re in the very lucky position of having the protection of The Treaty of Canterbury which was signed by France and the UK when the Channel Tunnel was conceived; this sets out that both countries will facilitate as frictionless travel as possible through the Tunnel up until 2086.

    We are Brexit-ready and pleased to let customers know they can book with confidence.

Pet travel

General Information

  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid from 1 January 2021. Make sure you get travel insurance that covers your needs, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Visit GOV.UK to check what your travel insurance should cover.

    Visit gov.uk for more information

  • You may require extra documents to drive in Europe from January 2021. Check GOV.UK to find out what you need for your journey.

    Visit Gov.uk for more information

  • Rules around mobile roaming in Europe are changing from January 2021, and your mobile provider may charge you more for calls or data when abroad.

    Check roaming policies with your mobile provider before travelling.

  • Different passport validity rules will apply for British Citizen passport holders when visiting Europe from January 2021. You must check your passport validity online as you may need to renew your it earlier than planned. This does not apply to Ireland.

    More information at gov.uk

  • No. We have no reason to believe that UK passport holders will require visas for holiday travel to the EU at any point in the foreseeable future, and both the European Commission (EC) and the UK government have said as much.

    Currently, British citizens can freely travel anywhere in the EU with a valid UK passport. If the UK leaves the EU under the terms of Teresa May’s proposed deal, Brits free movement rights will remain unchanged until the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st 2020.

    Once the UK fully leaves the European Union, British citizens will technically become ‘third party nationals’ in relation to the EU. However, in November last year, the EC proposed a two-way deal that would provide visa-free EU travel for UK passport holders for short stays and vice versa for EU nationals in the UK. The British government have echoed the desire for a reciprocal agreement to come into force.

    Whether a Brexit deal is agreed or not, the EC has already outlined a fast, simple online travel registration system called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which will come into force in 2021.

    ETIAS is set to be a midpoint between a full visa application process and unrestricted entry. It will require prospective visitors to the EU to register their details online, answer a set of security questions and pay a €7 (£6.30) fee per application, although under-12s will be registered free of charge. UK passport holders will need to provide the following information prior to travelling to the EU from the UK:

    • Personal information of each applicant, including name, address, contact details, passport details and occupation
    • Information regarding each applicant’s medical health, particularly infectious diseases
    • Information about each applicant's medical health, particularly regarding infectious diseases
    • Details of any serious crime convictions in the past 20 years
    • Travel details and plans: reason for travelling, accommodation addresses etc.

    The information provided in each application will be put through relevant security checks and run alongside the Interpol database before the application is either being approved or rejected. This decision should be received within 96 hours of submission.

    Once your application has been approved, you ETIAS travel permit will be valid for three years, or until the passport you registered with has run out. Should you be rejected, your notification message will include details of how to appeal against the decision.

  • From January 2021, there will be changes to duty free shopping.

    British passengers travelling to EU countries will be able to take advantage of duty-free shopping from January 2021.

    More information at GOV.UK