Camping in France in 2020 after Brexit

There certainly is a lot of confusion over Brexit. What is the current situation if you are planning on taking your family to France this year?

We currently have plans to go to France, and so wondering if we need to renew our passports to make sure they have at least six months on them. I decided to get to the bottom of what is and isn’t required.

Does my family need six months on their passports? Do I need a new passport?

I have seen travel websites stating that at least six months should be on the passport. Generally, this is good advice for travelling to countries outside the EU, but not necessary in the EU. So what’s the deal now with Brexit?

Well, according to Gov.uk, the passport must be valid for the duration of your stay and no additional validity is required beyond this for 2020. The rules may change after 2020, but for now, if your passport is still valid when you return, then you are OK.

Do I need a visa to travel to France?

Not this year you don’t. It may be different from 2021, but for now, no visa is required.

Are the European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) still valid?

Yes, for 2020. Though it’s always advisable to take out additional travel insurance. See Gov.uk.

Do I need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive to the French Campsite?

No, not during 2020.

You must take your logbook (V5C) and insurance certificate, as well as the additional safety equipment (e.g. reflective jacket, warning triangle, breathalysers), GB sticker, and headlight converters.

More information on Gov.UK and The AA websites.

Do I need to queue in the Non-EU Citizens at border control?

I could not find a definitive government statement on this.

As UK citizens, we are no longer EU citizens. However, since all the previous travel and border arrangements remain for 2020, I am expecting that we still take the EU citizens queue.


In a nutshell

2020 is the agreed transition period between the EU and the UK. All pre-Brexit travel arrangements will remain the same in Europe until 31st December 2020.

At the time of writing, what happens 1st Jan 2021 is still unknown.

Hopefully, that has cleared things up to for you. 🙂

If you want some ideas of where to stay in France, browse some family-friendly campsites here.

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