You may experience possible queues at ferry ports and Eurotunnel terminals at peak times, therefore it is recommend that you allow more time for your journey. Keep yourself up-to-date with travel social media feeds where possible.


You are not able to take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries. There are some exceptions, e.g. certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food required for medical reasons. Check the rules about taking food and drink into the EU on the European Commission website.


Things seem to be settling down now and it appears that the EU are being more reasonable in that goods and food, intended for consumption by by visitors will be exempt:

"Article 48

Animals and goods exempted from official controls at border control posts

The Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 144 to supplement this Regulation concerning rules establishing the cases where, and the conditions under which, the following categories of animals and goods are exempted from Article 47, and when such exemption is justified:

(a) goods sent as trade samples or as display items for exhibitions, which are not intended to be placed on the market;

(b) animals and goods intended for scientific purposes;

(c) goods on board means of transport operating internationally which are not unloaded and are intended for consumption by the crew and passengers;

(d) goods which form part of passengers personal luggage and are intended for personal consumption or use;

Taken together, (and there are doubtless further references I haven't found ) I think the above extracts explain why searches for animal and plant derived materials on motorhomes etc. are not being conducted at border control posts. If taken in "luggage", and for "personal consumption" - so not in commercial quantities - they are exempt from controls.

Having said that, it seems it would be wise not to "push the envelope" and try to transport large quantities of such goods, as the reserved right to stop and search is clearly there if the authorities have reasonable grounds for suspicion.

Which probably explains why we have never been stopped and searched for food items within thew motorhome.


You will not be able to use your existing EU pet passport to enter the EU. You will need an ‘Animal Health Certificate’ to enter the EU and Northern Ireland from Great Britain. See GOV.UK for more information on exact vaccination requirements for the EU and Northern Ireland.


At border control you will no longer be able to use EU-fast track passport control and custom lanes. You will need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queuing. You may need to show a return ticket and show you have enough money for your stay.


Duty-free sales of alcohol and tobacco beyond UK security controls will now apply on the same basis as non-EU destinations. When returning to the UK you will no longer be allowed to bring unlimited amounts of alcohol, tobacco or other goods for personal use. An example of limitations include three crates of beer, two cases of still wine and one case of sparkling wine. Visit GOV.UK for the full list of limitations.


Surcharge free roaming will no longer be guaranteed when travelling in the EU although the big network providers have said that they have no plans to change their charging structure. Also, whilst there is a UK government regulation which protects against 'unexpected charges' by setting a limit of £45, above which the phone company needs the customer agreement, it's recommend that you check with your network provider before travelling.