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Effects of Brexit on travel

Air connections

Brexit will not have any effects on air travel during the transition period i.e. 2020.

The EU and UK aim to negotiate a new air transport agreement during 2020. There is no certainty about the contents of the agreement as yet. The route options and choices currently available may become more restricted as from 1 January 2021.

Brexit will not have any impact on the safety of air travel – flying will continue to be just as safe as before.

Passenger rights

During 2020, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will not have any impact on passenger rights. Further information is available on the UK government website (External link).

The rights of passengers are applied to all domestic and international flights leaving from the EU zone and to all flights of EU aviation companies entering the EU. These regulations are also applied to Norway, Switzerland and Iceland and to their aviation companies.

After the end of the transition period, unless otherwise agreed during that period, UK aviation companies will no longer be treated as EU aviation companies. At this point, air passenger rights will no longer necessarily apply to UK flights heading for EU countries if the flight is provided by an aviation company that is not based in the EU or in Norway, Switzerland or Iceland.

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has compiled on its webpages examples of different possible scenarios (External link). On the same website there is also information for ship, train and bus passengers (External link).

Effects of Brexit on the physically impaired and disabled

Security checks and border checks

At present, no practical changes to security checks are expected neither during the transition period nor after it. 

With regard to immigration checks, further information is available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior (External link)

With regard to customs checks, procedures for souvenirs and imported goods will remain unchanged during the transition period. The situation will change on 1 January 2021. Further information is available on the website of the Finnish Customs. (External link)


During the transition period, the general EU roaming regulations will apply to the UK. 

Click the following links for information on roaming prices in Europe (External link) and frequently asked questions on roaming in the EU (External link)