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The Brexit extension to 31 October 2019 has provided absolute certainty that all current arrangements for travel will remain as they are today.

Last Updated: 08 August 2019

The Brexit extension to 31 October 2019 has provided absolute certainty that all current arrangements for travel will remain as they are today.

For example:
• You will still have access to state medical care in any EU country as long as you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card. When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and 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.
• If you plan to drive in the EU, you won't need an International Driving Permit, and if you are taking your own car, you won't need a Green Card for insurance.
• You will be able to move through UK ports and airports as usual, using the EU/EEA passport gates.
• All consumer rights and benefits from EU laws will also remain including airline compensation for cancellation or delays, and the ability to use your mobile phone abroad without additional charges.

What will happen after 31 October 2019?

If the Government agrees a deal on or before that date, the UK will then enter a transition period and everything will continue to remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now.

There is still a possibility that the UK could leave the EU at the end of October without a deal. There have been reassurances around flights and visas, these are reflected in our frequently asked questions below.

Will flights still operate?

UK citizens can be reassured that regardless of the Brexit outcome planes will still fly between the UK and the EU: 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. Even if we are in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU. The UK government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines.

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

The European Parliament has confirmed that UK travellers won't need a visa to travel the EU after Brexit, even if the UK leaves without a deal. UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa.

What happens if customer's book to travel after 31 October 2019 and their holiday cannot go ahead due to Brexit?

In a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate. In any event, customers who book a package holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning they have a right to a full refund if the holiday can no longer be provided.

Passports

Check the date your passport expires. If you are travelling to the EU after 31 October 2019, you may need to renew your passport earlier than you planned. The Government have issued a tool to assist with this. Therefore, before you travel, please use the Government's website to check you have enough time left on your UK passport. You can also find further details on the rules for passports and the countries affected, by visiting the gov.uk Passport rules for travel to Europe page.

If you need to renew your passport, you can do so online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service.

Full details on renewing your passport can be found here.

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 no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid.

When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and 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.

Having adequate travel insurance in place from the time of booking is essential. As an Appointed Representative for Holiday Extras Ltd we offer a competitive insurance product which you may be eligible to book with ourselves. You may wish to arrange an alternative cover, however, we highly recommend that any alternative insurance purchased must have a 24-hour emergency telephone service. We are able to offer you the option to add our insurance product to your booking, and then later remove it free of charge within our 14-day cooling off period from the date that your insurance is confirmed. If you do not let us know within that period, you will be liable to pay the premium for the insurance. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.

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 is likely to change in a no-deal scenario. UK travellers looking to drive in the EU on or after 31 October 2019 may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit.

These cost £5.50 and are available directly from the Post Office. The Government has extended the network of Post Offices where you can apply for an International Driving Permit, find your nearest branch here.

Check carefully which permit is required for each country you intend to drive within, as you may need more than one permit to comply with the law.

More information is available here.

Using you own car? You will need a Green Card for car insurance

If the UK leaves without a deal, UK citizens driving their own vehicle within the EU would be required to obtain and carry a physical Green Card in order for your UK car insurance to be applicable in the EU. These cards would be issued by insurers and you may be charged a small fee to cover administration costs.

Speak with your insurer for more information on obtaining a Green Card for any trip on or after 31 October 2019.

The ABI – the trade body for the insurance industry – recommends you contact your car insurance company at least one month in advance of travelling.

Please note – You do not need to obtain a green card if you are hiring a car in resort

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. If the UK leaves without a deal these rules will no longer apply – however, some UK companies have said they may continue to offer this benefit to their customers. Before you travel, check with your mobile phone provider about the costs of using your phone in the EU.

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