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Remember Brexit? That’s still happening.

While we’ve all been preoccupied with the ongoing pandemic, the clock has continued counting down to the end of the transition period. And now there are fewer than six months left until new rules kick in from 1 January 2021.

This week, the government launched an advertising campaign around the changes and it seems there are some wide ranging implications.

It includes everything from a company’s accounting procedure to whether or not you can take your laptop or musical instrument into the EU without a permit.

The changes that will impact more people than any other are related to travel and it seems much of the No Deal Brexit guidance has been recycled here.

From 1 January 2021, you will once again need at least six months left on your passport, which must also be less than 10 years old.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will seemingly become invalid, which means you’ll have to purchase a more comprehensive travel insurance to cover any pre-existing medical conditions.

Free roaming within the EU will also likely end, though you can’t be charged more than £45 without you opting in first. Some providers have said they will keep roaming free, but not all have confirmed that’s the case.

If you’re driving, you might need an international driver’s licence, and maybe even additional paperwork if you’re taking your own car.

And if you plan on taking your pet, well, prepare to do so at least four months in advance.

What it means for you…

I think most of us expected life after Brexit to become more expensive – we’re just not sure exactly how expensive.

We’re still not sure in fact, as the negotiations are ongoing. While we can’t control the outcome of these negotiations, we can at least prepare.

The government now has a dedicated website where you can fill in a questionnaire to see how Brexit might impact you.

You can also sign up for email alerts for any changes or updates – I’ve done it and so should you.