The impending new year also marks the end of the Brexit transition - and Brits could face thousands in hospital bills if they travel to the EU without insurance.
The government has said European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) will be valid up until December 31, 2020 but will expire after this date.
An EHIC allows Brits, especially those with pre-existing health conditions, to access healthcare in the EU often at the same cost as local residents would pay.
In 2021, the government says travellers should make sure they have the correct healthcare insurance cover that includes all your needs when travelling to the EU - particularly if you have a pre-existing health condition.
New research from Which? has warned of sky-high medical bills for those without the appropriate travel insurance.
It found that hospital treatment for severe food poisoning in Portugal could cost £2,000 while treatment for a heart attack in France would leave you £14,000 out of pocket.
In the Spanish hotspot of Mallorca, a pelvic fracture could cost up to £8,329 while an appendectomy in Italy could cost up to £4,000.
Which? found that the most common medical claims for Brits on holiday included lower limb injuries, infections, stomach complaints, upper limb injuries and ear infections.
Research from ABTA in 2019 found that one in five Brits don’t take out travel insurance before going overseas, which means they could be at risk of paying these bills themselves.
According to government figures, one in eight Brits faced some sort of issue while travelling internationally in 2018, with medical issues cited most frequently.
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