Your Brexit Questions Answered
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BREXIT AND YOUR 2020 HOLIDAY
Now that a Brexit Withdrawal deal has been passed in Parliament, the Government is now in the process of ratifying the agreement, to make it legal. This is scheduled to happen at the end of this month, January 2020
Assuming it does, from February 1st we’ll be in a ‘transition period’ until the end of the year. But when it comes to your holidays, don’t worry. While we won’t be in the EU any more, the EU and UK have agreed that “the existing structure of EU rules and regulations” remains exactly the same throughout this period.
Which means you can enjoy a worry free, safe and secure holiday - whenever you travel in 2020.
Don’t forget, everyone who books with us is fully protected - through ABTA and ATOL.
KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER
- We’re ABTA and ATOL protected for your peace of mind.
- Booking a package with us gives you maximum protection.
- Flights will continue to operate between the UK and EU until the end of December 2020.
- There’s no need for a VISA for travel in 2020.
- Passports will still be valid – just make sure that you have 6 months remaining.
- You will be able to move through UK ports and airports as normal, using the EU/EEA passport gates.
- If you plan to drive in any EU countries, you will not need an International Driving Permit or Green Card during the transition period in 2020.
DEPARTING THE UK | Reveal all answers
If you’re travelling this year, passport requirements remain unchanged.
It’s always wise to check the date your passport expires. If we leave the EU without a deal at the end of the transition period, the UK Government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival in an EU country.
The six months on your passport is only required if you are travelling after the date the UK leaves the EU.
Make sure your six months remaining is from the original date the passport was issued - not when it was renewed (if you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired).
The UK Government has published a website tool to take you through this process.
You can renew your passport online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service.
The EU has confirmed that UK travellers won’t need a visa to travel the EU after Brexit, even if we leave without a deal. UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa.
Once the Withdrawal Agreement has been approved, you can continue to travel with your pet(s) to the EU under the current pet travel rules using your current UK issued EU pet passport, until the end of December 2020.
If you’re travelling with your pet for the first time you’ll have to visit your vet to get a pet passport.
If the UK leaves with no deal at the end of the transition period, it would become a so-called ‘third country’ for the purposes of the EU Pet Travel Scheme. See this page for more information.
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS | Reveal all answers
From 1st February, when we enter the ‘transition period’ until the end of 2020, everything will stay the same. Flights will operate as normal between the UK and the EU until the end of December 2020.
Ferry services will operate as normal, with our without a deal, as they are governed by international laws and regulations, not European ones.
Both the EU and the UK authorities have said that they expect Eurostar and Le Shuttle train services to run as normal between England and mainland Europe.
Currently, and for the remainder of this ‘transition’ year, UK driving licence holders don’t need an additional licence to drive in the EU. But, if we leave without a deal at the end of the transition period you’ll have to apply for an International Driving Permit, use a GB sticker, and get a Green Card from your insurer. Make sure you leave enough time to get one posted out to you.
Visit the gov.uk website for full details about International Driving Permits
If the UK leaves without a deal at the end of the transition period, UK citizens driving their vehicle within the EU would be required to obtain and carry a Green Card in order for UK car insurance to be valid. Your insurer will issue one to you. Make sure you leave enough time to get one posted out to you.
INSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS | Reveal all answers
ABTA advises holidaymakers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, even with a valid EHIC card. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. For 2020, following the implementation of the transition period following our Withdrawal Agreement passing into law, nothing will change and your EHIC card will still be valid.
But, following a no-deal exit, EHICs may no longer be valid. Our advice? It’s always a good idea to travel with appropriate travel insurance.
The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package. Whatever happens, your money’s safe with us. Our ABTA and ATOL protection guarantees it. We’re full members of both - which means that the costs of your accommodation and any travel booked as part of your holiday with us is 100% protected in the event that it cannot be delivered.