On January 1st the new agreement between Great Britain and the EU comes into force. This also changes a lot for holiday guests, students and employees. The innovations at a glance.
By Jenny Beyen, ARD-Studio London
Even if the corona pandemic does not really allow it at the moment: at some point there will be a normal vacation time again. If you want to go to Great Britain, you have to consider a few things. For example, vacationers from Germany and other EU countries now need a valid passport when entering the country. Until now, an identity card was sufficient for this, but this is no longer the case. However, a visa is not required for vacation: provided that you do not stay in the country for more than 90 days.
German driving license goes further
The European health insurance card also remains valid. However, the British government requires that you also have to show foreign travel health insurance for the duration of your stay. For those who enter by car, the following applies: the German driver’s license is more than sufficient. However, as before, the so-called “Green Card” must be presented on request to prove that the vehicle is insured.
When it comes to mobile phones, the data roaming agreements that normally apply within the EU are ending. However, several mobile network operators such as O2 or Vodafone have announced that they will not levy any special foreign fees for vacationers in Great Britain. In principle, however, the British government advises travelers to ask their own contract provider.
Workers require a UK visa
On the other hand, there is bad news for students and employees. On the one hand, Great Britain is ending its participation in the Erasmus student exchange program. This will make it more difficult and, above all, more expensive for students in the future if they want to study at a university in Great Britain. On the other hand, employees now need a visa in order to be allowed to work on the island. According to the British government, particularly qualified skilled workers should be given preference in the award