UK TRAVELLERS - LATEST BREXIT UPDATE 23 JANUARY 2019
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 29 March 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 29 March 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 29 March 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 29 March. 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 29 March 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 has 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 29 March 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
More information is available on the ABTA website here:- https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers
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