EU Exit (Brexit)

The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. This process is often known as 'Brexit'. From 01 January 2021 our new relationship with the EU began.


Access to the continent has been maintained through the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Additional paperwork is required for all travellers.

Effects on movement of goods

The UK is now operating a full, external border as a sovereign nation. This means that controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain and the EU.

The UKG has published a Borders Operating Model, a guide to how the border with the EU.

Also see guidance on the UKG site on moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.

Changes for business and citizens

New rules for businesses and citizens came into effect from 1 January 2021, including travel requirements to access the EU. The UKG website provides current guidance for businesses and citizens, including information on requirements for driving to or within the EU, pet transport and passport arrangements.

There are also new requirements for international haulage (details can be found on the UKG website).