Holidays: Europe post-Brexit travel advice provided by expert
Many within the travel industry hope 2021 will be the year international travel resumes. Should that be the case, many Britons are likely to jet off to their favourite European holiday hotspots.
However, since Brexit there have been a number of changes brought into practice which will impact UK holidaymakers travelling into Europe.
Some of the most well-known include passports and travel insurance, however, there are also rules on the type of food passengers can import into the European Union.
Not only does this include large imports, these new rules even apply to something as simple as a snack carried in hand luggage.
In line with the new changes, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice pages for EU countries.
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It states: “You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries.
“There are some exceptions for medical reasons, for example, certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food required for medical reasons.”
By these rules, something as simple as a cheese and ham sandwich could be banned from being carried into an EU country by a passenger from the UK.
The FCDO also links to the European Commission which offers further advice on what products can no longer be carried into the EU.
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The European Commission explains: “Personal goods containing meat, milk or their products brought into the EU continue to present a real threat to animal health throughout the Union.
“It is known, for example, that dangerous pathogens that cause animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease and classical swine fever can reside in meat, milk or their products.
“Therefore, pathogens could be introduced into the EU if personal goods containing meat, milk or their products are sent by post or carried in the baggage of travellers arriving from countries outside the EU, where such pathogens may be circulating.”
The current rules are laid out under the Commission Delegated Regulation 2019/2122. This explains a number of animal products which are banned, as well as certain exceptions to the rules.
“Travellers are not allowed to bring in meat, milk or their products unless they are coming with less than 10 kilograms of these products from the Faeroe Islands or Greenland,” the rules continue.
“There is also an exemption for powdered infant milk, infant food, and special foods or special pet feed required for medical reasons, if weighing less than two kilograms and provided that such products do not require refrigeration before opening, that they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer, and
the packaging is unbroken unless in current use.”
The rules also apply to fishery products and other animal products such as honey.
Previously, the UK was not restricted by these rules due to its place in the EU.
However, now Brexit has occurred, the UK must abide by restrictions placed on “non-member states.”
The European Commission adds rules will be enforced at borders.
“Provisions include the organisation of controls at EU entry points to detect the presence of illegal consignments of meat, milk or their products,” it states.
“Where necessary, [there is] the deployment of appropriate detection aids such as scanning equipment and detector dogs to screen large quantities of baggage.”
Products may be seized and destroyed by border officials, and passengers may be liable for “costs or penalties” if caught with certain produce items.
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