By David Warne Destination Specialist

Post-Brexit travel

Regardless of the Brexit outcome there is every indication that flights and travel between the UK and EU will continue after 31 October 2019, or earlier depending on a date being agreed. Even in the case of a ‘no-deal’ scenario, the European Commission and UK government have said that UK and EU airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU.

There is nothing to suggest that we won’t be able to operate your holiday as planned. Your holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning you’ll have the right to a full refund in the unlikely event that your holiday can no longer be provided for any reason irrespective of when you booked your holiday.

Our Brexit Price Guarantee

Given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU, we will guarantee that any new bookings made from 13th August to 30th September 2019 will have no Brexit-related exchange-rate price increases after your holiday has been confirmed and payment made. This will give you the confidence of knowing that, whatever the outcome of negotiations, your holiday price will not increase as a result of the falling value of the pound. See below for full terms and conditions.

Brexit: what you need to know

If the UK leaves with a deal, travel between the UK and the EU will remain the same as now until at least 31 December 2020. You will not need to apply for a visa to travel to the EU during this time.

If, however, the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there are some areas where changes will apply and you may need to take action now to prepare for the impact of a possible ‘no-deal’ Brexit on your holiday to an EU or EEA country.

For further information, the Foreign Office has provided a guide to visiting Europe after Brexit.

Passport requirements

Passport rules will be changing in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. After the UK's departure, you should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival in an EU or EEA country. This applies to both adult and child passports. If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date.

Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe. See gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit to check if you need to renew your passport before you travel.

Visa and entry requirements

The European Commission has proposed that in a no-deal scenario British Citizens will still be able to travel to the EU without a visa for short stays. However, if you plan to stay within the Schengen area (which covers most of the EU - excluding Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania – plus Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Iceland) for more than 90-days, or will have spent more than 90 days in any 180-day period in the Schengen area, you will need to apply for a visa prior to travel.

On arrival in the Schengen Area, you may be asked to confirm that you have sufficient funds available for the duration of your stay. Different border control checks will apply, and you may also be asked to show a return or onward ticket and UK nationals would not have an ongoing right to use the separate lanes provided for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals. 

Driving licence requirements

Driving licence requirements will also be changing in a ‘no-deal’ scenario. UK driving licence holders planning to drive in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) on or after the UK's departure from the EU may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit (IDP) depending on the destination country. For more information, visit gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-the-eu-after-brexit-international-driving-permits.

IDPs cost £5.50 and are available directly from the Post Office – for details, visit postoffice.co.uk/identity/international-driving-permit. There is more than one type of IDP so please check carefully which is required for each country you will be driving in. A complete list of EU and EEA countries can be found here

Important: what you should do now

If you are planning on travelling to an EU or EEA country after 31 October 2019, please check the validity of your passport straight away. If your passport will not have sufficient validity in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit please apply for a new passport as soon as possible.

If you are planning on driving in the EU, Iceland or Norway on or after the UK's departure from the EU, please check whether the countries you intend to drive in require you to have an International Driving Permit (ID). If an IDP is required please apply in plenty of time before you travel.

For urgent new passport applications, please see gov.uk/get-a-passport-urgently. Alternatively, you can use CIBT to process urgent applications.



Brexit Price Guarantee terms & conditions

We guarantee not to add any surcharge, or change the price of your booking after it is confirmed and payment taken, for any reason directly related to negative exchange rate movements as a result of Brexit. This applies to any new holiday booked from 13 August to 30 September 2019, for any travel date.

This offer only applies to holidays where we are the principal and not ‘flight-only’ bookings or where we act as agent.

All other bookings conditions remain unchanged. 

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