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Frequently asked questions about Brexit

Brexit FAQ

Many of you are booking your holidays for 2019 and 2020, and have some concerns or questions about how your travel plans might be affected after 31 October 2019, so we have put together a guide for you below. The Brexit extension to 31 October 2019 has provided absolute certainty that all current arrangements for travel will remain as they are today.

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 the possibility that the UK could leave the EU at the end of October without a deal. There have been reassurances around flights and visas, as mentioned in the FAQ's below.

Should I book my holiday after Brexit or before?

Arena Travel and The River Cruise Line are members of ABTA and are a fully bonded and licensed tour operator with air holidays protected by ATOL, so when you book with us you can have complete peace of mind.  Plus, with our price guarantee your holiday will not be sold for less and once booked your holiday price won’t change, so there is no benefit in booking late – the earlier you book the more choice you will have!  

What happens if I book to travel after 12 April 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 12 April. 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 a UK travel company enjoy the most comprehensive consumer protection: if you book a package, your holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning you have a right to a full refund if your holiday can no longer be provided.

The UK Government has confirmed that the Package Travel Regulations will remain in the UK law when the UK leaves the EU.

Will I need a new passport?

You should 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 before it expires.  If you need to renew your passport, details can be found online https://www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport/renew or you can go to a Post Office.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

The European Commission has confirmed that UK travellers won't need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit, even if the UK leaves without a deal. UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa.

Will ferries and cruise ships still sail?

Ferry services and cruises will still sail as the majority of the rules under which they operate are not based on EU rules, but are international.

Will my coach journey still operate?

Coaches will still be able to travel to and from the EU, and are expected to continue to take passengers to and around EU countries as usual.

Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?

It is expected that trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate. Ahead of your journey, check with your travel company to see if there is any additional information you need to be aware of.

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 Commisson 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.

Can I still use my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid.  In the event of a deal, then nothing will change until the end of the transition period.  Either way, we always recommend taking out holiday insurance, which provides all of the cover you need. 

Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?

The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package - it is the travel provider's responsibilty to make sure your holiday is provided and to offer an alternative or refund it it cannot be delivered.

It is important that whenever and wherever you travel that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do. It is also worth checking the detail of the policy around travel disruption including delays or cancellations as policies do vary.

Further advice about Brexit and travel can also be found on ABTA’s website on https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers


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