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Brexit ads hit TV screens as rules on travel change

A PUBLIC information campaign is being launched today giving holidaymakers guidance on travel insurance and taking their pets abroad after the Brexit transition period ends.

Adverts carrying a ‘check, change, go’ strapline will appear on TV, radio, in print and online, with information also sent to people via text message.

It comes as more than £700million is to be spent on building infrastructure, hiring staff and developing technology to ensure border systems are fully operational at the end of the year.

The adverts will direct people and businesses to an online checker tool that will tell them how to prepare for December 31, when the UK leaves the EU single market and customs union.

UK citizens intending to travel to Europe from January 1 may be told to get comprehensive travel insurance as existing rights to access healthcare in EU states could be affected.

They could be advised to check their mobile phone roaming policy as an EU ban on extra charges for holidaymakers may no longer apply. And people wishing to take their pet overseas will be told to contact a vet at least four months before travelling as rights to transport them without quarantine are also covered by an EU agreement.

Businesses planning to export or import to or from the EU will be told to ensure they have registered with the relevant customs authority. Some UK-wide guidance will not apply to trade between Northern Ireland and the EU until negotiations have concluded.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has said the £705million border investment will help to ‘manage the changes and seize the opportunities’ when the transition ends.

The package includes £235million for staffing and IT, and £470million for port and inland infrastructure. Mr Gove said ‘progress is being made’ on an EU trade deal but differences remain.