Your Brexit Questions Answered
BREXIT: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER 31st JANUARY 2020?
Book your package holidays with us, and we won’t let you down.
The most important thing you need to know is that, whatever happens, your booking comes with peace of mind as standard.
Our focus remains the same as it always has - providing safe, trustworthy and fully protected holidays to our customers. Our holidays are ABTA and ATOL bonded, for extra security - and that won’t change, meaning you can book with complete confidence, whatever happens.
If the UK Government and the EU agree to a Brexit withdrawal agreement, everything will continue to remain the same, and travel arrangements won’t be affected.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal - the ‘no deal’ scenario - there are some reassuring guarantees already in place, and some common-sense precautions worth bearing in mind.
Below, we've summarised a few things to help put your mind at rest, and prepare you for the road ahead, whatever happens in the coming months.
KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER
- We’re ABTA and ATOL protected for your peace of mind.
- Booking a package with us gives you maximum protection.
- Even in a no-deal scenario, flights will operate between the UK and EU up to 24th October 2020.
- There’s no need for a VISA, even if we leave without a deal.
- 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 may need an International Driving Permit, but they are widely available from Post Offices.
- If you're taking your own car, you may need a Green Card for insurance, which will be issued to you by your insurer.
DEPARTING THE UK | Reveal all answers
Check the date your passport expires. If we leave the EU without a deal, the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office says you need to have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival into the EU.
If you renewed your passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months needed.
There’s a handy online passport checker you can use to make sure your passport’s OK to travel with. It might be a good idea to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday.
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.
If the UK leaves with no deal, it would become a so-called ‘third country’ for the purposes of the EU Pet Travel Scheme. There are three categories of ‘third country’ - each presenting different outcomes, from no change to your pet passport requirements to the need to have your pet checked by an official veterinarian either four months or 21 days in advance of travel. See this page for more information.
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS | Reveal all answers
Whatever happens on or before January 31st, airlines will still operate routes between the UK and the EU. If an exit deal is struck we’ll enter what’s called a transition period until the end of December 2020, and flights will operate as normal.
Even if we are in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has extended legislation covering flights between the UK and EU to 24th October 2020, meaning flights will operate between the UK and EU without restrictions throughout summer 2020, right through to 24th October, allowing you to book now in confidence.
Ferry services will operate as normal, with our without a deal, as they are governed by international laws and regulations, not European ones.
The cross-channel rail-and-car service is expected to operate as normal. It’s guaranteed by the ‘The Treaty of Canterbury’, which secures the smooth operation of the route until 2086!
Currently, UK driving licence holders don’t need an additional licence to drive in the EU. But, if we leave without a deal, you’ll have to apply for an International Driving Permit, and use a GB sticker.
There are a number of different permits available for different areas of the EU, so you should check which permit is required for each country you intend to drive within. International Driving Permits cost £5.50 and are available from the Post Office.
Visit the gov.uk website for full details about International Driving Permits
If the UK leaves without a deal, 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 & HEALTH ARRANGEMENTS | Reveal all answers
ABTA advises holidaymakers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, even with a valid EHIC card. But, following a no-deal exit, this advice is essential. We’d always recommend you check any insurance covers your current medical conditions and any previous medical history is clearly noted. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you need to make any updates.
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.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid. We suggest it’s always a good idea to travel with appropriate travel insurance.