Community licences and the Interbus Agreement

Currently, UK bus and coach operators carrying out international journeys must hold a standard international operator's licence and a community licence for journeys to, from or through the EU and EEA.
As a member of the EU, the UK participates in the Interbus Agreement. This agreement allows bus and coach operators to carry out occasional services between the EU and 7 eastern European countries.
From 29 March 2019, in the event that there is no EU Exit deal, EU countries may not recognise UK issued community licences. The UK’s participation in the Interbus Agreement through EU membership would also cease.
The UK intends to re-join Interbus as an independent member on 29 March 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. This would enable UK operators to run occasional services (coach holidays and tours) into the EU.
There are plans to extend the Interbus Agreement to provide for regular services (scheduled international coach services), but this has not taken effect yet. The Interbus Agreement does not allow cabotage. So, a UK operator would not be able to pick up and drop off the same passengers within the EU.
If necessary, the UK will also seek to put in place bilateral agreements with countries at the earliest opportunity to provide bus and coach access to the EU.

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