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Documents you will need

You can move freely in Europe. Find out here what you need to know about passports, identity cards and visas.


The euro is used in 17 EU countries. Find out more about the euro, the exchange rates of other currencies and using cash and cards.


As an EU citizen you can do as much shopping as you want in all EU countries. Check the guide levels for tobacco and alcohol, VAT rates, rules on endangered species, meat and dairy products and what the EU is doing to protect consumers.

Getting there

Whether travelling by road, air, rail or water this section provides practical information on driving licences, motor insurance, road safety, tolls, air passenger rights, airport security and rail passenger rights.

Staying healthy

As an EU citizen you are entitled to healthcare services if you fall ill on your travels. Find out here how the European Health Insurance Card is making this simpler. Check out bathing water quality or ozone levels before you go and decide what suncreams to take.


How do you say thank you to the locals in Bratislava? What are the international telephone prefixes? What will it cost to use a mobile phone abroad? Find the answers in this section.

Things to do

Whatever your interests, you will find plenty to do in Europe. This section offers some suggestions.

Choosing a time to travel

To help you plan your trip, find out about weather conditions and average rainfall, time zones and daylight saving time and check on the main public holidays.


Travelling with dog, cat or ferret is now much easier with the new EU pet passport. Check on the requirements here.

If things go wrong

112 is the emergency number to ring anywhere in the EU. You will find other useful advice in this section if things should go wrong.

Respecting the environment

Track your carbon footprint and follow some tips for saving energy and resources and reducing your emissions.

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Travelling in Europe is the European Union’s official website for people travelling in the 27 countries of the EU. Whether you are on holiday or on business, you will find practical advice and helpful tips on a wealth of subjects, from what documents you need, to getting healthcare and using your mobile phone.

There is so much for the traveller to discover and all this has been made much easier thanks to the European Union. You can cross many borders within the EU without being checked and the euro makes it easier to shop around for bargains. So take advantage of all that is on offer and explore.

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