The Brexit extension to 31 October 2019 has provided absolute certainty that all current arrangements for travel will remain as they are today.
- You will still have access to state medical care in any EU country as long as you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card. ABTA always advises that travellers should also take out travel insurance and make sure it covers any medical conditions or activities they plan to do.
- Your pet passport will still be valid.
- If you plan to drive in the EU, you won’t need an International Driving Permit, and if you are taking your own car, you won’t need a Green Card for insurance.
- You will be able to move through UK ports and airports, as usual, using the EU/EEA passport gates.
- All consumer rights and benefits from EU laws will also remain including airline compensation for cancellation or delays, and the ability to use your mobile phone abroad without additional charges.
What will happen after 31 October 2019?
If the Government agrees a deal on or before that date, the UK will then enter a transition period and everything will continue to remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now. There is still a possibility that the UK could leave the EU at the end of October without a deal. There have been reassurances around flights and visas, these are reflected in our frequently asked questions below. We have also identified actions travellers may wish to take in advance to help avoid unnecessary future disruption in the event of a no-deal scenario.
UK TRAVELLERS - BREXIT UPDATE
All UK nationals travelling to the EU are advised to refer to Government guidance on passport rules for travel.
Use the Passport Office passport validity checker to ensure that your passport has sufficient validity.
The Government is advising that after 31 October 2019 travellers should have 6 months left on their UK passport from your date of arrival. If a passport was renewed before it expired, extra months may have been added to the 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.
GENERAL ADVICE FOR OUR UK CLIENTS TRAVELLING TO THE EUROPEAN UNION
Many British clients have already booked their trip with us for 2019 & 2020. You may have questions about what might happen after 31 October 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union (EU).
The political process is still ongoing, however, there have been some reassurances around flights and visas.
Will flights still operate?
UK citizens can be reassured that regardless of the Brexit outcome planes will still fly between the UK and the EU: if a deal is agreed then we will be in a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. Even if we are in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU. The UK government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?
You shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. The European Commission announced in November 2018 that, even in a no-deal scenario, UK travellers can still visit the EU without a visa, providing the same is offered to European citizens visiting the UK. The European Commission has said that from 2021, UK citizens will need to pay a fee (of around 7 Euros) for this visa exemption. This is part of a new electronic travel authorisation system applying to all third country visitors to the EU, similar to the US ESTA regime.
What happens if I book to travel after 31 October 2019 and my holiday cannot go ahead due to Brexit?
There is nothing to suggest that you will not be able to continue with your holiday plans after 31 October. Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate. Customers who book a package holiday with an ABTA member can be assured of the most comprehensive consumer protection.
A holiday booked with Walk The Camino Ltd is protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning you have a right to a full refund if your holiday can no longer be provided.
ADVICE FOR BRITISH TRAVELLERS
Check the date your passport expires. When travelling to the EU after 31 October 2019, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival to an EU country.
You should also check when your passport was renewed. If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months over 10 years will not count towards the 6 months that must be remaining. The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules.
FIND OUT MORE https://www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport
European Health Insurance Card:-
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.
Walk The Camino Ltd and ABTA have always advised holidaymakers and business travellers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC.
When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.
As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This is likely to change in a no-deal scenario. UK travellers looking to drive in the EU on or after 31 October 2019 may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit.
These cost £5.50 and are available directly from the AA, the RAC or the Post Office. The Government is working to extend the network of Post Offices where you can apply for an International Driving Permit and has plans to roll these out in more branches across the UK from 1 February 2019. Check carefully 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.
FIND OUT MORE https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad
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.
More information is available on the ABTA website here:- https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers