We understand that some of our customers might be anxious to know how Brexit could affect their future holidays in Europe. This is why we wanted to help you understand this process as clearly as possible.
Currently not much will change with your next holiday within the EU. Both the European Commission and the UK government have said that even in the events of a no-deal Brexit, UK travellers will still be able to visit EU countries. So, you can still book a holiday and travel after 29th March 2019.
The main guidance published by the government to date covers the following areas in relation to travel:
The UK government recommends that travellers going to the EU after 29 March 2019 have a minimum of six months left on their passport, and is also advising that any extra months which have been added to a 10-year passport will not be valid.
The Passport Office has released a toolkit and customer Q&A to help make customers aware about passport validity changes in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, passport checker tool.
This applies to adult and child passports travelling to countries in the Schengen area (find a full list here). For other European countries, please do check their specific requirements.
The European Parliament has confirmed that UK nationals would be able to enter the EU visa-free for short stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. The visa waiver will be applicable in all EU member states (except Ireland, which has its own visa policy) and in the Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).
The European Commission has announced that even in a no-deal scenario, UK travellers will still be able to visit the EU without a visa, providing the same is offered to European citizens visiting the UK.
On 7th March 2019, the UK government confirmed that flights will continue even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Both the UK and the EU have announced that they will ensure continued aviation connectivity in any scenario.
Currently, there are no extra roaming charges with the EU, so travellers would pay the same using their mobile within the EU that they already pay in the UK.
These arrangements could change after 29th March. However, some mobile operators might choose to offer the same or similar deals to their customers, so it would be best to check with your own mobile provider before you travel to get the most up to date information on roaming charges.
Your holiday plans should not be affected after 29th March. Both the European Commission and the UK government have said that even in a no-deal scenario, flights to and from the UK will continue to operate as normal.
If you are travelling to a country within the Schengen area after 29th March, we suggest you check both the issue and expiration dates on your passport. The passport must be no older than 9 years and 6 months on the day of travel – ensuring it will be valid for at least 6 months after the date of arrival.
For countries that are in the EU but not in the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania are not in the Schengen area), you’ll need to check the entry requirements for the country you’re travelling to before you travel.
As long as you have a UK driving license you can currently drive in the EU without any additional documentation. In a no-deal scenario, after 28th March 2019 UK drivers will need different international driving permit (IDP) to drive abroad. In addition, you might also need some extra documentation to drive in the EU and EEA.
You may also need an IDP if you hire a car in the EU, along with your UK driving licence. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Government announced on 24th September that drivers hiring or taking their vehicle abroad post-Brexit would need to carry a Green Card as proof of third party motor insurance cover when driving in the EU, EEA, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland.
A Green Card is a certificate issued by your motor insurance company that confirms you and your vehicle will be covered outside of the UK. You will need to contact your motor insurance provider and request one prior to travel. There may be a small charge for this service.
To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU after 29 March 2019 in any scenario, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice. In a no-deal scenario you must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Please also note that in such event your pet’s UK-issued passport won’t be valid for travel in the EU. You can find out more about pet travel after Brexit here.
Will Brexit mean the cost of my holiday will increase?
There is nothing to suggest that the cost of your holiday to the EU will be affected by Brexit. With our Price Match Guarantee, you can also enjoy some peace of mind when booking your next holiday to Europe (online bookings only)