Brexit

Since the UK was never part of the Schengen agreements, we were already used to showing our identity card to the border police when we crossed the Channel. After the Brexit, the UK will leave the European Union, which will also put an end to the free movement of goods and travellers. The Customs services of the European Member States will treat travellers to and from England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland in the same way as travellers to, say, the United States, Egypt or Thailand. In the station of Brussels-Midi, you will soon be able to find not only the police but also the Customs services.

If the UK will no longer be a Member State, the maximum quantities of, for example, alcohol or cigarettes will be much lower than the quantities you are currently allowed to bring with you. You will also not be allowed to bring meat products, and large amounts of cash must be declared. The do's and don'ts can be found in our brochure 'Travel wisely'. Following the Brexit, the United Kingdom will fall into the category of ‘third countries’ of the brochure.

United Kingdom nationals who return after their stay in Belgium, will be able to recover the VAT on purchases made in Belgium in certain cases.

The European Union also imposes strict rules for travelling with pets. The Customs authorities, together with the FASFC, has ensured that dogs and cats can now also be brought to the airports of Deurne and Wevelgem, but also via the car ferry in Zeebrugge. Make sure that your pets are vaccinated if you take them to the United Kingdom because after the Brexit, for them too this will be a trip outside the European Union.

More info can be found in our brochure 'Travel wisely’ or at the FASFC.