UK Departure from the EU. How Will Brexit Affect my Holiday?
Whether you’ve already booked your holiday or you’re just thinking about planning your next trip away, you are probably wondering what Brexit will mean for your break. Here, we hope we have covered everything you need to know about holidays after Brexit.
The following information is currently relevant and is provided by Government departments and travel industry bodies. As the official status of Britain’s exit from the EU is still undecided, we would like to draw your attention to some important information that may impact on your travel plans and some actions you may need to take before travel.
Do I have any reasons to feel concerned about my holiday with the uncertainty of Brexit?
We understand that you may be anxious to find out more about what may happen with Brexit, to help you plan your holiday. The positive thing to know is that the European Commission has said that flights leaving from the UK will still be allowed to fly over the territory of the European Union, even in a no-deal scenario. The UK Government has also agreed that airlines operating out of the EU will be able to fly into the UK. So, you can rest assured that your flight should still go ahead as planned. Here at Fleetway, we will continue to offer holidays to all of our amazing destinations, including those within the EU, so you can still book holidays with us with plenty of choice and confidence.
Regardless of the Brexit outcome, flights will still be able to operate between the UK and the EU. When and if a deal is agreed, we will go into a transition period, meaning that everything will remain as it is until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?
On 4th April 2019 the European Parliament approved legal changes to ensure that UK citizens will not need a visa to travel to the EU for short stays after Brexit – even in the event of a no deal exit. ABTA is also providing advice to travellers about visiting the EU after Brexit, with the latest information available at: abta.com/Brexit.
What happens if I book to travel after 31st October 2019?
There is nothing to suggest that you wont be able to continue with your holiday plans after 31st October. Even in a no deal scenario, the European Commission and the UK Government have said flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate. Customers who book a package holiday with a UK travel company can relax knowing that they have full protection as a consumer. If you book a package, your holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning you will have the right to a full refund if your holiday can no longer be provided.
Will I still be able to use my current passport?
Check the date your passport expires. If we leave the EU without a deal, the UK government recommends that you have 6 months left on your passport on the date of your arrival in an EU country. These regulations will apply to adults and children. Also, if your last passport was renewed before it expired, extra months will have been added to your new passport and these may not count towards the 6 month minimum. We strongly advise you to check your passport and renew it if necessary so that your holiday is not affected in the scenario of a no deal Brexit. You can do this on the government's website.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans. Full details on renewing your passport can be found here.
You can renew your passport online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service.
Will I need to take out extra travel insurance because of Brexit?
No. ABTA recommends that travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance ahead of any trip, no matter where they are travelling to.
Please be aware that UK Registered EHICs will no longer be valid in the event of a no deal Brexit.
What is the post Brexit situation regarding driving licences and International Driving Permits?
If you have a full UK driving licence you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This may change in a no deal scenario and UK travellers looking to drive in the EU on or after 31st October 2019 may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit which is available directly from the Post Office. Please note which permit is required for each country you intend to drive within, as you may need more than one permit to comply with the law. The Government is also advising that you will need a GB sticker for your car. For full information visit gov.uk/euexit and the ABTA website.
Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK. If the UK leaves without a deal these rules will no longer apply – however, some UK companies have said they may continue to offer this benefit to their customers. Before you travel, check with your mobile phone provider about the costs of using your phone in the EU.
Finally, we do hope that this does offer you reassurance that you can go ahead with your planned holiday with confidence!
GREECE FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Greece with an update to the Summary – revised information on banking and cash. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
You can withdraw cash using a UK card up to the daily limit imposed by the Greek banking system (usually €600) or the daily limit imposed by your UK card issuer - whichever is the lower amount. You should be able to pay for retail transactions with debit and credit cards as you would elsewhere, but always check beforehand as not all business hold a machine for processing card payments. There are no restrictions on taking euros from the UK to Greece or bringing euros back from Greece to the UK at the end of your stay. When travelling outside the UK you should take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card).
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece
Zika Virus - Thailand
NaTHNaC have updated the TravelHealthPro website to advise that the Zika virus risk in Thailand has been upgraded so pregnant women are now advised to 'avoid travel', Previously pregnant women were advised to 'consider avoiding travel' to this area. The news item can be accessed here and is also pasted below for your reference: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/406/zika-advice-for-thailand-updated-for-pregnant-women
TravelHealthPro Update 03 May 2019 - Zika advice for Thailand updated for pregnant women Pregnant women are advised to avoid travel to Thailand Public Health England and NaTHNaC regularly review the transmission of Zika virus (ZIKV) in many countries around the world, and update guidance for travellers if appropriate. Following recent reports of Zika cases in travellers to Thailand  and review of available evidence, the advice for pregnant women travelling to Thailand has been upgraded. Pregnant women are advised to avoid travelling to Thailand until after the pregnancy.
Advice for travellers All travellers should avoid mosquito bites day and night. ZIKV may be a mild infection and you might not notice symptoms. If you are pregnant, you should postpone non-essential travel to Thailand until after pregnancy. If travel is essential, be aware of the risk, be scrupulous with insect bite avoidance day and night and seek advice from your GP or midwife on return, even if you have not been unwell. For couples considering pregnancy: consistent use of effective contraception and condoms (or other barrier methods) for vaginal, anal and oral sex during and after travel. These measures should be used even in the absence of symptoms while travelling and if:
- Both partners travelled to Thailand, for 3 months after return or after last possible ZIKV exposure
- Male traveller only travelled to Thailand, for 3 months after return or after last possible ZIKV exposure
- Female traveller only travelled to Thailand, for 2 months after return or after last possible ZIKV exposure
Detailed travel guidance can be found on the https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/221/thailand#important
The ABTA Destinations Team will continue to monitor and issues updates as appropriate.
TRAVEL AWARE – Essential travel advice
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FCO Travel Advice
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