Transport and Travel
Travelling to the EU after Brexit
Check for changes before your travel
- Check your passport is valid (passport holders should have at least six months left)
- Get travel insurance that covers your healthcare (access to reciprocal healthcare using EHIC cards may not be available)
- Make sure that you have the right driving documents (you may require an International Driving Permit and Green Card - please see Driving in the EU after Brexit)
Potential Traffic Disruption
As the UK prepares to leave the EU there are likely to be changes to the way people and goods cross the Channel via the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel. The precise nature of these changes is not yet known and depends on the final deal negotiated between the UK Government and Brussels.
It is likely however that this will entail new border control arrangements on both sides of the Channel, which may extend the time it takes to process cross-Channel traffic. This in turn has the potential to cause disruption on Kent’s road network as traffic waits to be processed.
Operation Brock will become active at 6am on Monday 28 October 2019. However, the situation will be kept under review and is subject to change. Please see Operation Brock below for further information.
Check for traffic updates
Make sure you check the latest news from your travel operator before setting off:
You can also check the latest up-to-date traffic information by visiting Traffic England.
You can also keep updated with the latest local travel information on Twitter:
Kent Resilience Forum (KRF)
Dover District Council is a partner agency of the Kent Resilience Forum (KRF). The KRF is planning for a wide range of contingencies, including the welfare of those who may be delayed in queues for long periods of time, working proactively with the Department for Transport and Highways England on plans to manage any traffic disruption on Kent's roads.
These plans focus on the specific aim of keeping the M20 motorway open to traffic and to minimise disruption for local residents and businesses.
Contingency plans are also being developed for additional traffic holding areas at the former Manston Airport in Thanet and the M26 motorway in West Kent under a worst case scenario in which additional capacity is required to hold heavy goods vehicle (HGV) traffic. Partners will continue to work together to anticipate the potential issues and develop plans to mitigate the impact on Kent’s communities.
The KRF has published details of its contingency plan - please see link below:
Journey Planning - Local Guidance
- Check before your travel to ensure you can complete your journey
- Allow extra travel time and consider alternative routes to your destination in the event of a hold up
- If using public transport, check for any changes to the service that could affect your journey
- Ensure you take extra food and water, and any prescription medication that may be needed, in the event that your journey is delayed
Operation Brock will become active at 6am on Monday 28 October 2019. However, the situation will be kept under review and is subject to change.
This means that from 26-27 October there will be overnight closures on the M20 between junctions 7 and 9, so that final preparations can be carried out safely.
What is Operation Brock?
Operation Brock is a set of measures to keep the M20 open in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 in the event of disruption to services across the English Channel, by using different holding areas.
How should I prepare for Operation Brock?
If you are travelling in Kent while Operation Brock is active you should allow more time for your journeys. It’s also a good idea to make sure you take some food and water in your vehicle in case you are delayed. If you are travelling to the continent after 31 October 2019, please make sure your documents are up to date. More information can be found on the Visit Europe after Brexit webpage.
HGV drivers travelling to the continent after 31 October should allow more time for their journeys, make sure they have food and water with them and take a break before they reach Operation Brock. Its also important all paperwork associated with the goods in your vehicle is up to date. If your paperwork is not correct you may be asked to divert to a holding area at Ashford or Manston where you will get advice on how to get border ready. Failure to comply with instructions may result in fines and further delays. More information can be found on the Transporting goods between the UK and EU in a no-deal Brexit: guidance for hauliers webpage.
Find out more
Find out how Operation Brock will work (if activated) and how it will affect your journey:
Port of Dover
The Port of Dover has published No Deal Brexit Guidance for Commercial Vehicles and Tourists outlining the new requirements and how you can prepare.
Eurotunnel have published a brief series of articles, with links to the relevant Gov.uk documents, to help plan your trip.