We're very much aware that the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union has caused some uncertainty as to how travel and holidays might be affected after the 31 January 2020.
We are monitoring events closely and liaising with our travel industry governing bodies and regulators in order to prepare for any eventualities.
More travel advice relating to Brexit is available on the ABTA website, however we'll answer some of you biggest questions below.
Travel on or before 31 January 2020
The UK is still a full member of the EU, which means that all existing travel arrangements apply.
Travel after 31 January 2020
Will my holiday still go ahead if we leave the EU with ‘no deal’ on 31 January?
ABTA has said that there is nothing to suggest that travel plans after January 2020 will be impacted by Brexit, whatever the outcome. It has been confirmed that flights between EU countries and the UK will continue to operate as normal until at least the end of 2020.
As an ABTA and ATOL bonded Tour Operator when you book with us, you get complete peace of mind. You can rely on a high level of support and financial protection before, during and after your holiday.
Will I need a visa?
The European Parliament has said that you shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period after Brexit, even in a no-deal scenario. The European Commission has suggested that UK citizens will need to pay a visa exemption fee of around €7 per person from 2021. But until then, there will be no charge.
We recommend that you check when your passport expires and ensure that you will have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport at the time you enter an EU country for any planned visits after the 31 January 2020.
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 validity that must be remaining. The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules.
Should you need to renew your passport in the near future, we recommend that you do this sooner rather than later to avoid any delays in processing your application. You can renew your passport online through the UK Government website or visit the Post office who offer a Check and Send service.
The EHIC Card - will it still be valid
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, as UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid, UK holidaymakers won't be able to use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme post-Brexit.
When travelling to the EU or further afield, you should always ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for the nature of your holiday. If you didn't purchase your travel insurance from us, it would be prudent to reassure yourself that your policy would continue to provide full cover in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Book with confidence
As an ABTA Tour Operator offering guided walking holiday packages, when booking with us, you can rely on a high level of support and financial protection before, during and after your holiday.
With European consumer protection legislation such as the Package Travel Directive 2018 and the Consumer Rights Directive 2011 already introduced into UK law, your holiday booking will retain a high level of financial and other protection after Britain leaves the EU.
Rest assured that when booking your holiday with us, in the unlikely event that we become unable to operate your holiday as a result of difficulties relating to Brexit, we would of course provide your with a full refund of your holiday cost or, if possible, offer a suitable alternative holiday.
Allowing a bit more time
It would be a good idea to allow a little more time than usual to pass through the formalities at airports, international railways stations and ports.
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.
Driving Licences & Car Insurance
In the event of a no-deal departure from the EU, UK travellers looking to drive in or through in the EU to reach their holiday destination after 31 January 2020 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.
If the UK leaves without a deal, UK citizens driving their vehicle within the EU would be required to obtain and carry a physical 'Green Card' in order for your UK car insurance to be applicable in the EU. These cards would be issued by insurers and you may be charged a small fee to cover administration costs. We recommend that you speak with your insurer for more information on obtaining a Green Card for any trip on or after 31 January 2020.
We'll keep you updated
We'll keep this Brexit page updated to keep you up to date and continue to provide advice to those travelling with us as to any eventualities relating to your holiday.