Rest assured, we're here to help
We all want peace of mind when it comes to our holiday booking, and with the uncertainty of Brexit looming over the UK, we thought we could help answer some questions you might have to help reassure you that, whatever the outcome, you can book your 2020 holiday package with complete confidence through us.
Simply put, If the UK government and the EU agree to a Brexit withdrawl agreement ('deal'), everything will proceed as usual, and travel arrangements won't be affected.
In the event that the UK government leave the EU without a deal ('no deal'), there are some reassuring guidelines and guarantees already in place to help you prepare, which we have collated below for your reference and review:
What do I need to know before I go?
As well as being ABTA protected, we are committed to making sure you have a fantastic holiday, so you can have peace of mind that we will always be on hand to answer your questions. Here's some advice you should know before you travel.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on January 31st, the rules governing passports will change. It’s important to check your adult and child passports against the rules of a no deal departure of the EU. More information can be found on GOV.UK regarding new passport rules post-Brexit.
If you’re unsure how this affects your passport, you can also find a handy guide here.
Check the expiry date of your passport. If you are travelling to the EU after January 31st, the UK government recommends you have a minimum of 6 months left on your passport on the date of your arrival to an EU country. Don’t leave renewing your passport until the last minute. Renew it online or by visiting your local Post Office.
Further to the operational bulletins advising about preparations for the UK leaving the EU, on Thursday 4th April, the European Parliament approved legal changes to ensure that UK citizens will not need a visa to travel to the EU for short stays after Brexit – even in the event of a no-deal exit You can find more information at GOV.UK.
In the event of a no deal Brexit, pets will still be able to travel between the UK and the EU but new requirements for documents and health checks are very likely to change. For more information, please refer to the GOV.UK’s guidance on Taking Your Pet Abroad If There’s No Brexit Deal here.
Will my travel travel plans be affected?
Whatever happens on the January 31st 2020, you are fully protected when you book your holiday as package with us. Here's a little breakdown of what you might need to know before arranging you travel plans
Be reassured that the European Commission has stated that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU, regardless of the outcome of Brexit. The UK government has also offered similar assurances for EU airlines.
*** UPDATE*** ABTA announced that a new legislation extension will mean that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and EU over next summer’s peak season, allaying Brexit fears concerning flights. This extension (until October 2020), will now allow customers to book their travel arrangements further in advance in the confidence that there will be no disruption specifically to flight schedules. View the ABTA website for more information.
After Brexit, ferries will still be able to sail between the UK and Europe, as they operate by the majority on international rules and not EU rules.
In the event of a no deal Brexit, UK citizens holding a full UK licence may need to apply for an International Driving Permit if they plan on driving in the EU on and after 31st January. Read more about driving in the EU after Brexit here.
What to know on Health & Insurance
Insurance is something we would always recommend, especially so after the 31st January 2020. Please refer to GOV.UK and their recommendation on Travel Insurance as well as ABTA’s guidance on Travel Insurance.
ABTA advises holidaymakers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, even with a valid EHIC card. But, following a no-deal exit, this advice is essential. We’d always recommend you check any insurance covers your current medical conditions and any previous medical history is clearly noted. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you need to make any updates.
An EHIC card provides holders with access to state medical care when travelling in another EU country, but in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the card could be rendered invalid.
It's important to keep up-to-date with Brexit and how it impacts you and your holiday. And even more importantly, you should relax and look forward to enjoying your stay with Canvas Holidays, knowing that we are with you every step of the way.