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European Travel after Brexit

Should I book travel leaving after 29 March 19.

The EU has confirmed that flights will continue even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, so in theory there is no reason why you shouldn’t make travel arrangements. However, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the number of flights allowed is likely to be capped at the same levels as of 2018, this means any new routes since the summer of 2018 may be cancelled.

What happens if my flight is cancelled?

If your flight is cancelled, the airline responsible has to either provide alternative arrangements including the cost of necessary accommodation and refreshments caused by any delay or give you a full refund of your money if it is unable to provide alternative travel.

Will it be safer booking a package holiday?

If you book your holiday as a package with a UK company, ABTA has assured travelers that they will get their money refunded in the event of cancellation. So, you need to check that your agent is an ABTA member, and that they are booking your holiday through a tour operator with an ATOL license, as this will give you extra financial security in the event of the operator going bust.

Will I need a visa for European Travel?

Not at least until 2021, initially you will require a minimum of 6 months validity on your passport and will be allowed to stay up to 90 days in any single 6-month period. The 90 days can consist of one single visit or several smaller trips.

From 2021 it is possible that UK travelers will need to apply of an ETIAS, this is very similar to the USA ESTA scheme.

What is happening with Passports?

As previously mentioned, you will require A MINIMUM of 6 months to travel within Europe, but that excludes any time extension you have been given, due to early renewal. Basically, in the past if you renewed before your passport had expired, you would get a new passport with 10 years plus the time left on the old passport up to a maximum of 9 months. Schengen area countries will not recognize the additional time added on, so if you had the maximum 9-month extension, you will require 15 months validity on your passport, 9 plus 6 months. Sorry very confusing.

Health CoverIf there is a no deal the EHIC card will no longer be valid, this was only ever an emergency back up cover and we always recommend that you take out personal travel insurance before you travel.