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How will transport be affected

How will transport be affected

The impacts of the end of the transition period will have a significant impact on every region and nation of the UK. It could cause severe disruption to the transport network and connected services within Wales.

We are taking all proportionate steps to preserve the integrity of our transport system and ensure the continued viability and success of our transportation system.


Please follow Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK

Information for people travelling to the UK from Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, and information for people passing through the UK on the way to Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man.

Travelling between the UK and Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey or Jersey on GOV.UK


Drivers from the UK need to be aware that there will be changes if they are travelling to the European Union from 1 January 2021.

Travellers may need to:

  • check their passport
  • get travel insurance that covers their healthcare
  • check they have the right driving documents
  • organise pet travel - contact their vet at least 4 months before they go

Motor insurance

EU law allows any vehicles insured in one member state to be driven in any other. However, if you are intending to use your own car in the EU after the end of the transition period, you will need to have a valid ’green card’ and GB sticker. You may also need an International Driving Permit in some countries.

Further information

Driving abroad on GOV.UK
International driving permits for UK drivers on GOV.UK
Trailer registration on GOV.UK

Travelling with your pet

If you want to take your pet abroad, additional health requirements and documentation will be needed after the end of the transition period. These preparations will need to be discussed with your vet at least four months before you travel.

Pet travel to Europe from 1 January 2021 on GOV.UK


If you are planning to travel to Holyhead please be aware there will be a risk of disruption along the A55 near Holyhead port from the 28th December.

Please check the Traffic Wales website for traffic updates before you travel.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions.


Post EU-exit border controls and infrastructure

Air services

If you are planning to fly to a European destination please seek the latest travel guidance and advice from the UK government, destination country and airline before you travel to ensure that you are prepared.

Cardiff Airport is working with its partner organisations including airlines and the UK Border Force to understand the impact of these changes to its customers and the business.

The airport’s flying programme for January is currently very limited and us subject to change based on the spread of COVID-19.

Please visit:

Visit Europe from 1 January 2021 on GOV.UK
Transition on GOV.UK

For the latest advice regarding the latest travel advice Coronavirus


EU transition portal on Business Wales
Exporting and doing business abroad on GOV.UK - how to transport goods commercially if you’re driving from the UK to or through Europe.

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