BREXIT

(updated September 2019)

 

Given the current uncertainties around Brexit and the impossibility of knowing at this stage which scenario will apply, the information on this website is subject to change depending of political events.

 

What if Brexit happens with a withdrawal agreement? 

Should the British parliament approve the finalised withdrawal agreement the new date will be 31 October 2019.  This scenario seems unlikely today.

 

What if Brexit happens without a withdrawal agreement? 

Without this approval, there will be no transition period. This is what we refer to as a "hard Brexit". 

 

Companies that organize transport from or to the UK must prepare themselves so that, in case of a possible Brexit, there are as few disruptions as possible. 

 

Individuals wishing to travel between the United Kingdom and Belgium must also take into account some changes (see below “Travelling”).

 

Information from FSP Mobility and Transport

Shipping

Union law provides for a set of rights for passengers, for ship passengers. These rights relate to information, reimbursement and re-routing, compensation, assistance and care, right of redress, and special rights for persons with disabilities and with reduced mobility. 
As of the withdrawal date, EU passenger rights may no longer apply to travel between the EU and the United Kingdom, or may be limited.
 
Ship passengers rights awaiting Brexit regulation : 
 
EU ship passenger rights continue to apply where 
(i) the port of embarkation is in the EU-27; or 
(ii) the port of embarkation is in the United Kingdom, if the port of disembarkation is in the EU-27 and the service is operated by a carrier established within the territory of a Member State or offering passenger transport services to or from a Member State ("Union carrier"). 
 
Travellers should be aware that, depending on the carrier chosen, EU passenger rights may no longer apply to journeys to the EU. 
 
Regarding cruise passengers, the current set of EU passenger rights continues to apply if the port of embarkation is situated in a Member State. 
 
Regulation (EU) No 1177/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 concerning the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterway, OJ L 334, 17.12.2010, p. 1.

 

Aviation

Pilots: To all holders of a UKCAA pilot license who want to transfer their License (and Medical) to the Belgian CAA

Maintenance engineers (part-66)

 Regulation (EU) 2019/494 - certain aspects of aviation safety (PDF, 227.98 KB)

 Regulation (EU) 2019/502 - common rules ensuring basic air connectivity (PDF, 526.83 KB)

 

Air passenger rights

Regarding the Air passenger rights, Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004 establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, will cease to apply to flights operated by a non EU air carrier from an airport located in the United Kingdom and to an EU airport.
This regulation will still apply in the case of :
  • the flights operated by an EU air carrier from an UK airport to an EU airport;
  • the flights operated by any air carrier from an EU airport to an UK airport.
 

Airport transit visa

From the effective date of Brexit, certain passengers traveling from a non-European country to the United Kingdom (and vice versa) via a European airport will, in certain cases, have to obtain an airport transit visa. For more information, please visit :

 

Road tranport

 

Road haulage

The transport of goods on behalf of third parties from / to / via the United Kingdom is still authorized for the moment under a Community transport license, even in the case of Brexit without agreement (no deal) on 31 October 2019. 
Cabotage transport in the United Kingdom will also remain authorized after Brexit under the same conditions as in the EU Member States.
This is a temporary measure that will apply at least until December 31, 2019 and will most likely be extended. Its extension or non-extension beyond this date will be communicated on our website as soon as we have more precise information about it.
Transport companies are therefore not required for the time being to apply for ECMT transport authorizations for transport to the United Kingdom.

 

Bus tours

In the event of a Brexit without an agreement on 31 October 2019, coach journeys will fall under the Interbus agreement. This means that practically all international occasional transport services can continue to be carried out under a Community transport license. However, it will be necessary to replace the EU passenger waybill by the Interbus passenger waybill.

 

 

Driving Licence

The effects of Brexit on your driving licence

 

Travelling – Useful information  ( customs controls, prohibitions and restrictions, passport, health, use of automotive vehicles, passenger rights, ...)

Detailed information on all the practical aspects of a trip between the United Kingdom and Belgium can be found in the following European Commission notice:https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/travelling_en_0.pdf

 

General Information

Travelling between the UK and the EU in the event of a “no deal”:

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/factsheet_1_travel_en_final.pdf

European Commission

FOD Economie

Customs