Passport and hand luggage changes UK travellers should know about

Anyone planning to travel abroad this year should make sure they know about a number of travel changes before heading to the airport.

This summer is expected to be a busy one, with millions of people predicted to jet off with their families, friends, or for solo trips in the sunshine. But there have been plenty of changes in recent years, especially following Brexit.

From travel restrictions in place in some countries, airlines updating their hand luggage policies, the 100ml liquids rule, and the world of travel insurance, here are the changes you need to know about:

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Hand luggage

In recent years many of the UK's airlines have changed their hand and checked-luggage policies. Turning up at the airport with a bag that's too big or too heavy can end up costing you a sizeable amount.

It's always worth checking what your airlines' policy is and, if needs be, booking in advance rather than just before the flight takes off.

You can find the latest Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2, TUI, and British Airways hand luggage rules here

100ml liquids rule

While some airports have already ditched the 100ml liquids rule for hand luggage, others are yet to do so. Passengers flying from Teesside, Aberdeen and London City will no longer have to take liquids, creams or gels in containers that are 100ml or less.

Those flying from Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport, however, will still have to adhere to the rule for the time being.

Travel health insurance

A new health insurance scheme has been in place for the past few years. UK passport holders can now apply for a UK GHIC, which has replaced the EHIC for those without an EU passport.

The GHIC covers healthcare which is covered by a statutory health care system in the visited country, meaning you can access some hospitals and doctors for free. New applications for the card are also free to make and can be done through the UK's government's website.

When applying you should be aware of unofficial websites, as some try to charge you a fee to get a new card.

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