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Advice for Holidaymakers about Brexit

by Travelbag on 19 December 2018, 16:12PM

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While the ongoing Brexit discussion is ever-changing, we do know that flights from the UK will carry on as normal from 31st October 2019. So you can rest assured, knowing that Brexit shouldn’t have any effect on your flights or your holiday. Plus, Travelbag is a full member of ABTA and we hold a full ATOL licence (2959), meaning you can book your holiday safe in the knowledge that you’re protected.

We know you might have some questions, so we'll provide updated Brexit travel advice from ABTA on this blog. If you'd prefer, you can read their latest advice in full here. We've pulled out the main points below.


Key points in ABTA’s guidance

  • Planes will still fly as normal between the UK and the EU from 31st October 2019. In both scenarios, this will be the case. If a deal is agreed, we'll be in a transition period. This means that flights will continue as normal until December 2020. If we're in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission and UK government have agreed that UK and EU airlines will continue to operate flights between the UK and EU.


  • You shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. The European Commission has said that, from 2021, UK citizens will need to pay a fee (around 7 Euros) for this visa exemption. Until then, British holidaymakers can continue to visit the EU without a visa. We'll keep you updated on this.


  • Please check your passport expiry date. The UK government has recommended that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival in an EU country, although this may vary depending on where you're going. To be on the safe side, we'd advise using this online passport checker tool before you travel.


  • As usual, take out travel insurance. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK-registered European Health Insurance Cards – also known as EHICs – will no longer be valid, so it's best to make sure you have appropriate travel insurance, covering things like lost luggage, personal injury and medical expenses.  


  • Check driving licences and car insurance. Under a no-deal Brexit, post 29th March, UK holidaymakers might need to apply for an international driving permit. It's also possible that you'll need different permits for different EU countries. And, just so you know, UK citizens will need to obtain and carry a Green Card in order for their UK car insurance to be applicable in the EU. 



Whilst the political process is still ongoing and the final outcome is yet to be confirmed, there's nothing to suggest that UK holidaymakers should not continue to plan their travels as normal. We'll continue to keep you updated with any changes – just keep an eye on this page. 

If you have any further queries, please read ABTA's Brexit advice for travellers.

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