Travelling to the EU/EEA from 1 January 2021

If you have plans to travel to the EU/EEA, including the Republic of Ireland anytime from 1 January 2021 you will need to ensure that you have the correct and up to date documentation.

Following the confirmation of the trade deal the following will apply –

Taking a car

In addition to taking a copy of your valid certificate of motor insurance, you will need to carry a Green Card. This will need to be obtained in plenty of time before you travel and cover the period of your journey . Once received you will need to carry the physical document, although it may not always be green, an electronic version (PDF) will not be accepted.

If you are taking a caravan or trailer, you will require an additional separate Green Card.

You may also be required to obtain an International Driving Permit to drive in the EU. This document which must be shown in conjunction with your UK drivers license is issued by the Government via local Post Offices. Depending on where in the EU you are travelling, will determine which International Driving Permit you require.

Healthcare

If you currently hold a European Health Insurance Card, this will continue to be valid until it’s expiry date.  A new arrangement has been agreed going forward and you can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card.

It is also advisable to ensure that you have suitable travel insurance that will cover your health care needs whilst in the EU. You will need to pay particular attention to the cover provided if you have pre-existing medical conditions.

For the most up to date travel information visit the Government visiting Europe website

Contact your Personal Lines account handler or usual PSP Branch to discuss your individual requirements.

Working from home

As so many of us are now considering that the new normal will include long term adjustments to working from home, PSP Risk have put together some top tips.

  • Find somewhere comfortable to work.
  • Move location in the afternoon only if you can, helps to reduce isolation.
  • Choose your soundtrack.  Some people like music, the radio or TV.  But do not lose focus.
  • Establish your rules for working at home and make sure that all your family members, particularly children understand.
  • Keep moving, do not sit at your work station for hours on end.  Go for walk, take calls standing up, make yourself a drink.
  • Structure your day.
  • Take plenty of breaks and in particular make sure you get outside during the daylight hours especially during the winter.
  • Stay social, do not become isolated.  Use a group app, check in with colleagues, have a buddy system.  Use video calls but make sure you are dressed appropriately.
  • Do not try to solve problems alone, use your team and any other methods that will help you.
  • Get ready for work and be work ready.
  • At the end of your working day switch off.  Close the door if you have one and do not go back  to check emails.
  • Further information about how to look after your mental health can be found here at the Mental Health Foundation