Visas and passports

Post-Brexit travel advice for schools and groups

After 31 January 2020 there will be a transition period of eleven months until the end of 2020. During this period, the current rules and requirements for travel, passports and visas will continue to apply.

EHIC cards will also remain valid during the transition period.

Further information on passport rules for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021 is available on the gov.uk website.

For general advice on how to prepare for visits to Germany planned from 1 January 2021, you can find out more here.

List of travellers

In 1996 EU regulations changed, relaxing visa stipulations for school visits.

For school visits to Germany with children whose passports are non-EU, teachers can fill in a ‘list of travellers’ form to apply for a waiver scheme.

In order to use the list of travellers, any non-EU pupils must:

  • Be a pupil at a general education school or Sixth Form College. NB. Further Education (FE) colleges in the UK are not eligible to use the list of travellers
  • Be on an organised school trip with their own school and be accompanied by a teacher from their school
  • Have their own valid passport
  • Be legally resident in the UK.

Please read the information on the procedure provided on the British Council website carefully before filling in the form: www.britishcouncil.org

UK border advice

If you are travelling with a group of young people, take a look at the advice on faster travel through the UK border from the Home Office.