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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.
If you’re wondering what Brexit will mean for your 2019 holiday, this round up of information will help you understand it all a little bit better.
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.PASSPORTS
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on March 29th 2019, 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 March 29th, 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.VISAS
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.PET PASSPORTS
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 29th March 2019, 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 plansFERRIES
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.FLIGHTS
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.DRIVING
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 29th March. Read more about driving in the EU after Brexit here.
What to know on Health & InsuranceTRAVEL INSURANCE
Insurance is something we would always recommend, especially so after the 29th March 2019. 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.EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)
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. If a deal is agreed, you will still be able to use your EHIC during the transition period which occurs 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020.
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.