Are you thinking about booking your next trip and wondering how it will be affected by Brexit? Whilst the details of Brexit have not been finalised yet essentially there is no need to panic, deal or no deal, and here’s why:
If I book a holiday now, will it definitely still go ahead?
Yes. Remember, it’s a priority to countries across Europe to ensure that tourism does not suffer as a result of Brexit. To this end, the European Council has agreed that flights taking off from the UK will be permitted to fly within European airspace, whatever happens, even if we have a no deal Brexit.
It’s also worth remembering that when a deal is decided, nothing will happen straight away, there will be a period of transition for 2 years until the end of 2020.
What is the most secure way to book a holiday?
If you are concerned about making a booking, a Package Holiday is the best way to go because package deals are completely covered by Package Travel Regulations, meaning that you would be entitled to a full refund in the very unlikely event that your holiday could not be provided.
“If we leave the EU without a deal, after March 29, your protections will stay the same if you buy a package holiday from a UK-based business,” says the government. Note, UK-based: the same protections cannot be afforded if you buy your package from within the EU.
Will I need more money when I get to Europe?
This probably depends on the deal and what happens to the pound as a result. The best way to avoid financial uncertainty is to book an All Inclusive upfront so you know exactly what costs you signing up for.
How will our Experience of Navigating Customs Change?
At the moment, most EU Countries, though not the UK, are members of the Schengen agreement. This means that when travelling within European Borders passport controls and checks are removed. As members of the EU, people from the UK are able to travel within Schengen areas with a valid passport, no minimum or maximimum validity periods apply. After 29 March we become third country nationals under the Schengen border code, and will be subject to more stringent checks, like those coming from America or Australia for example.
Are we still okay to travel on the same passports?
Yes, but from 29 March you will need to have six months remaining on your passport to travel within the EU. If you renewed your passport in the past, and remaining months’ validity were added to your new passport, these will not count towards the six months requirement, so make sure everything’s in order. When you apply for a new passport it will no longer be Burgundy, it will be Blue.
Will we now need VISAs to enter the European Mainland?
You won’t need a VISA specifically, but The European Commission will require you to pay £7 per person when entering the European Mainland, and there will probably be some computer downloads to go along with it.
What will happen with the European Health Insurance Card system?
Unfortunately, a no-deal Brexit will mean an end to the EHIC system which protects you from the costs of unexpected healthcare when travelling in Europe. The answer to this is to make sure that you have full and comprehensive travel insurance.
Under EU rules we all currently benefit from matched costs of calls, messages and Data when in the EU. Under a no deal Brexit this will cease to occur, but some mobile companies will honour this deal with their customers. Remember to check with yours before you travel.
So, change is afoot, but nothing to be too alarmed about. If you are concerned, Be Prepared, stick with a package, and make sure that your passport is well in date before you fly. www.bestchildfriendlyholidays.co.uk
Disclaimer: Whilst this post was well researched via reliable sources such as the Goverment Website, Best Child Holidays does not provide legal advice, and you should always check with your Travel provider before making a booking.