Five important questions and answers:

03.04.2019 - FAQ


The entry of UK nationals into Germany will still generally be possible for short stays (90 days within a 180‑day period) also in the event of a withdrawal from the EU by the UK without a deal. The EU has introduced a legal instrument that provides for mutual visa-free travel.

In addition, the question as to whether an accompanying family member requires a visa depends exclusively on his or her own nationality. An overview of countries whose nationals require a visa or are exempt from the visa requirement for the Federal Republic of Germany is available here. We therefore recommend that you plan extra time for this.

In the event of a withdrawal from the EU without a deal, UK mobile operators would no longer be subject to the European roaming regime, i.e. the current EU price caps for the use of intra-European networks would no longer apply. The transmission of data, telephony and SMS sent by mobile phones during a stay in the UK would then only be subject to the much less stringent UN rules for international roaming.

It is up to European and UK mobile operators to review whether their wholesale and retail roaming arrangements need to be updated in the event of a withdrawal from the EU without a deal. Following a withdrawal from the EU without a deal, higher roaming fees at wholesale and retail level are therefore possible. As an end customer, you can find out from your mobile phone provider which conditions will apply to your respective tariff.

As before, a vehicle that is registered in Germany must carry a registration certificate (part I) in order to drive on UK roads. In addition, a green international insurance card must be carried as proof of insurance cover from the day on which the UK leaves the EU.

A vehicle registered in the UK must carry an official registration certificate with certain minimum information or an international registration certificate in order to drive on German roads. In addition, a green international insurance card should be carried as proof of insurance cover from the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

However, this only entitles the bearer to drive on German roads for a temporary period in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic of 8 November 1968. Otherwise, e.g. when taking up residence, the regulations of the respective country regarding vehicle registration must be observed.

Companies that are and wish to remain active trading partners with the UK must also prepare for Brexit. They should, for example, ascertain to what extent existing authorisations can be adapted by the main customs office (e.g. extension of the country group, processing and storage locations in the UK) and whether new customs authorisations must be applied for at the main customs office, in particular the authorisation to operate a storage warehouse for the import of goods (new applications will take some time to be processed).

For traders who have been trading with the UK but who have been operating exclusively within the internal market and have therefore not yet had any dealings with customs, this means, for example, that they must register with the customs authorities – an Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number (EORI number) is issued on request by the main customs office responsible for the region.

The exchange of information (e.g. in the form of customs declarations) between economic operators and customs authorities generally takes place electronically. The use of the existing IT system ATLAS for this purpose requires, among other things, registration and certified software.

Customs declarants must, as a rule, be resident in the European Union.

Declarants may be represented by customs agents, for example, when completing customs formalities.

It is up to the UK legislature to determine the conditions for entry into the UK from the European Union in the event of a withdrawal from the EU without a deal. Information about this is available here. It states that the conditions laid down by Union law for movements between member states will continue to apply to entry with pet animals even in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. A pet passport issued by an official vet in a member state, containing information on the identification of the animal, its owner and proof of up-to-date vaccination against rabies, must therefore be carried as an accompanying document. This passport must also contain information on treatment for tapeworm, which must have taken place at least 24 hours and no more than 120 hours prior to entering the UK. It is also advisable to obtain information on permissible transport routes or means of transport before entering the country.

When entering the EU with pets from the UK, travellers with pets should take the precaution of ensuring that they meet the animal health requirements for entry from a third country when returning from the UK. The UK’s third country status (listed or not listed) then depends on the status of the listing procedure according to Article 13 of Regulation (EU) No. 576/2013. If this has not yet been initiated or completed, the conditions for re-entry from a non-listed third country must, as things currently stand, be formally fulfilled.

Information on cross-border travel with pets can be found here.

Top of page