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School Trips to Europe

Looking for a school trip to Europe? Our experts are on hand to help you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry to the moment you return home, and beyond. We’ll tailor your school trip to Europe to ensure it your specific requirements and learning objectives. So, where do you want to go?

How will Brexit affect school trips to Europe?

The great news is that Brexit should have very little effect on your school trip to Europe.

There are a few more things to check ahead of travelling, such as passport validity and the new ETIAS visa waiver system which comes into force at the end of 2022.

When you book your trip, we will remind you of the important things you need to check and do before you travel, to ensure your trip runs as smoothly as it did before Brexit. But here are some of the key things to remember ahead of your school trip to Europe.

Passports

British passport holders travelling to an EU country, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway or Liechtenstein now need to ensure they’re less than 10 years old and have 6 months validity left on the day you travel on your school trip to Europe.

We would strongly advise that you ask all members of your group to check their passports as soon as they know they are going on your school trip to Europe, so that they have time to apply for a new one if required.

For further information on passports and entry requirements, please visit the FCDO website.

Visas

UK citizens

The EU has confirmed that UK nationals do not require a visa for short visits to Europe, such as school trips. But from the end of 2022 they will need to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver. For further information, please visit the ETIAS website.

Non-UK citizens

You will need to check whether any members of your group may need a visa as soon as you know who is travelling on your school trip to Europe.

Visa applications can take a long time, so we would advise that any travellers who will need a visa apply to the appropriate embassies as promptly as possible.

The British Council operates a List of Travellers Scheme for school visits to the European Union and this can avoid the need for individual visas for non-EU passport holders. For further information, please visit the British Council’s website.

Health

EHIC or GHIC?

If you currently have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), the good news is that it will continue to be valid in the EU until it expires.

If you do not currently have a valid EHIC, you can apply for the new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This is available for free through the NHS website.

We strongly recommend that you ensure you take everyone’s EHIC or GHIC with you on your school trip to Europe.

And remember, if you’re travelling to Iceland, Switzerland, Norway or Liechtenstein, you will need to arrange appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover.

Other precautions and inoculations

With regards to other precautions and inoculations, you will need to check this with the relevant authorities in advance of your school trip to Europe, as this information can vary depending on when and where you travel. You can find further information on the FCDO and World Health Organisation websites.

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

  • School trips designed by teachers for teachers

    Founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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  • School trips tailored to your curriculum

    We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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  • Health & safety prioritised

    As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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  • Support every step of the way

    We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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  • Financially secure school trips

    We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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  • Rewarding loyalty scheme

    You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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The Halsbury Difference

School trips by teachers for teachers

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Tailor-made school trips

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Loyalty scheme

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Earn loyalty points from your very first trip which can be used towards a trip discount or free gift for your school.