Brexit-proof your holiday
If, like us, you’ve been following the ever-changing news on the current status of Brexit, you might have some concerns about any potential upcoming foreign travel. We are here to reassure you that even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, you will still be able to enjoy the rich history, vibrant culture and unforgettable sights that Europe has to offer. To help put your mind at ease, we have compiled the most up-to-date advice along with points that will prove you can treat yourself to a spectacular getaway and travel stress-free over the coming year.
From the cost of your trip and holiday protection, to flights departing from UK airports and travel documents – we’ve got it all covered:
Brexit-proofing… your flights
In the event of a deal, nothing will change during the transition period that takes us to December 2020. Even in the no-deal scenario, the European Commission has advised that UK airlines will still continue to operate flights between the UK and EU. With flights included in your holiday with us, your seat is booked and we guarantee not to increase your holiday price even if we end up incurring any extra costs.
Brexit-proofing… your holiday protection
When you book a holiday with a UK travel company or tour operator like us – belonging to ABTA or ABTOT – it is fully protected under Package Travel Regulations, which ensure that you will be entitled to a full refund if your holiday can no longer run for any reason. There is nothing to suggest, though, that travel plans would be changed or revoked post-Brexit.
Brexit-proofing… your holiday value
Exchange rates are much in the news at the moment, but there has been little material change in the £:€ exchange rate between the start of 2018 (£1 = €1.12) and the start of 2019 (£1 = €1.10). If the value of sterling does worsen though, you are better off with a holiday company that includes more, like us. That way, costs will not escalate with currency changes. With us, your holiday price covers flights and transfers, hotels, all sightseeing, the services of a guide and meals as stated per the itinerary. Unlike a lot of other operators’ holidays, there is very little necessity to spend extra in your chosen destination. So, there is no need to worry about the £ being worth less later in 2019 than it is now!
Brexit proofing… your travel documents
The only change to passport advice before 2021 is the recommendation to have 6 months validity from your arrival date. This applies from 29 March 2019. You will not require a visa to travel – the European Commission announced in November 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. If you have an EHIC card, this will remain valid in the event of a Brexit deal, though ABTA’s recommendation is always to arrange appropriate travel insurance.