Britons have seen holidays cancelled and non-essential travel abroad banned in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with countries world-wide locking down borders to get a grasp on the spread of the virus. With the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine, holidays and trips abroad are once more a possibility. And now Brexit has meant more changes to travel rules.
At 11pm on December 31 the UK officially exited the European Union.
Brexit has been done, and the Withdrawal Agreement decided upon after years of negotiations.
This means Britain is no longer an EU member state, and the interactions the UK has with Bloc members will now change.
Brexit impacts everything from business to trade, travel to living abroad.
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This will be called the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) and will cover chronic or existing illnesses, routine maternity care and emergencies.
However, there is no news as yet on the release date for this card.
Britons may also face longer lines at border control in EU countries, as they are no longer entitled to EU fast track passport control or customs lanes.
Mr Johnson said the decision to leave the single market and customs union ended a “47-year experiment” of European Union membership.
The EU had provided the UK with a “safe European home” during the 1970s, but the country has now “changed out of all recognition” with global perspectives, he said.
Mr Johnson, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said the “great new deal” with the EU secured on Christmas Eve honours the “most basic promises” of the 2016 referendum and meant the UK has “taken back control of our money, our laws and our waters”.
In a sign that the UK will break away from the EU rules it inherited, Mr Johnson said: “We need the Brexit-given chance to turbocharge those sectors in which we excel, to do things differently and to do them better.”
In a video message to mark New Year Mr Johnson said the UK is “free to do things differently, and if necessary better, than our friends in the EU” in 2021.