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Brexit Advice

Brexit Advice – Updated 17 January 2020

Our Brexit Guarantees

Secure your 2020 holiday – price fixed

With Brexit uncertainty you might be wondering whether or not it's the right time to organise a holiday.

When you confirm your booking with James Villas we can guarantee the price of your holiday won't change. So no matter what happens with Brexit after 31 January, what you've committed to is what you will pay. No price increases. No supplementary charges.*

What's more, when you book a package villa holiday with us you're fully protected by our ABTA and ATOL bonding. In simple terms, your money is in safe hands and would be fully protected.

With all this uncertainty, it's good to have some guarantees!

Travel after 31 January 2020

Naturally, holidaymakers have questions about what Brexit means for travelling to EU countries. This latest advice highlights that the UK is now on track to enter a transition period after Brexit on 31 January 2020 and is valid until the end of December 2020.

If Parliament ratifies the Withdrawal Agreement before 31 January 2020, which it is on track to do, the UK will enter a transition period, meaning everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now until at least the end of December 2020.

Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020
Will flights still operate?

Yes. 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.

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

No. UK travellers won't need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit.

Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?

The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package – it is then the travel provider's responsibility to make sure your holiday is provided and to offer an alternative or refund if 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.


Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip.

European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. In the event of a Brexit deal, UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.

It is important to make sure you have appropriate travel insurance, whether you have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC. Check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you're not sure.

Advice on travel insurance can be found here.

Driving licences

As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don't currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This will not change following 31 January 2020. An International Driving Permit will not be required.

Using you own car?

You do not need a GB sticker or a Green Card for car insurance.

Data roaming

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 January 2020.

Brexit Guarantee Terms*

Once your 2020 booking has been confirmed by us, we won't apply any surcharges caused by Brexit to your holiday, even if our costs increase as a result of Brexit. This applies only to package holidays that include flights that have been booked from 14th October 2019. If you amend or cancel your booking, normal amendment / cancellation charges will apply. This guarantee only applies to the basic holiday cost and does not include any optional extras. This guarantee can be withdrawn / altered at any time without notice (this will not affect bookings already confirmed under this guarantee). To see our full Terms & Conditions, go to https://www.jamesvillas.co.uk/help-and-advice/booking-conditions

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