If you’re feeling a little confused over how Brexit might affect any future travel plans you have, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Whether you’ve already got your next glorious getaway booked or you’re thinking about setting sail sometime soon, it’s best to know where your break stands with Brexit.
To make things simple, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know – and the good thing is, your travel plans shouldn’t be affected.
Should I be concerned about my flights due to Brexit?
The simple answer is no. The European Commission has said that planes leaving from the UK will still be allowed to fly over European Union territory, even in a no-deal scenario.
That means regardless of the Brexit outcome, planes will still be able to fly between the UK and the EU. When (and if!) a deal is agreed, we’ll go into a transition period. This will mean everything will stay as it is until the end of December 2020.
The UK government has also agreed that airlines operating out of the EU will still be able to fly into the UK. So you can rest assured that you’ll still be able to make your way to your ship!
Should I be concerned about my cruise due to Brexit?
The government has also confirmed that cruises will continue as normal after 29th March 2019 – even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Customers who book a package holiday with a UK travel company can rest easy knowing that they’ve got the most comprehensive protection available as a consumer.
When you book a package, your holiday is protected under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have the right to a full refund if for any reason your holiday can no longer be provided.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?
No, you shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. In November 2018, the European Commission announced that even in a no-deal scenario, UK travellers will still be able to visit the EU without a visa, with the understanding that European citizens can visit the UK in the same way.
From 2021 however, UK citizens will need to pay a fee – around seven euros – for this visa exemption. This is part of a new electronic travel authorisation system – similar to the ESTA Visa Waiver Programme that the USA has.
Will I still be able to use my current passport?
Now, this is where it’s important to take note. If you have a cruise booked with us from the 29th March 2019 onwards, then we strongly advise you make sure all passports are valid for at least 6 months after your departure date. This will ensure you can still travel in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
If your passport was renewed before it expired, extra months will have been added to your new passport – but these may not count towards the six-month minimum. We strongly advise you check your passport and renew it if necessary – you can do this here.
Will I need to take out additional travel insurance because of Brexit?
No – you shouldn’t need anything other than the normal travel insurance you would normally purchase when going abroad. It’s always important to make sure you have full travel insurance any time you travel.
Any other questions?
If you still have questions relating to Brexit – or even just a general query – then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Simply give us a call on 0800 107 2323.
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