Brexit & EU Travel Advice

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As a holiday company that operates in the EU, Brexit is of course quite important to us.

We feel it is important to keep our customers up to date as best we can. For any customers worried about Brexit and how it might affect their holiday, we have put together the following information.

The political process for Brexit is still ongoing, however, there are many things that have already been resolved ahead of the Brexit process:

Latest News 12/04

EU leaders have agreed a further extension to Article 50 this week, pushing the UK’s EU departure date back to 31 October.  ABTA has welcomed the news, stating it would provide “certainty” for travellers and those looking to book.


What will happen to flights after Brexit?

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Even in the event of a no deal Brexit, The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has said that flights will still operate as normal:

“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.”

What about my passport, will I need a visa?

Passport

Your passport will still be valid for travel in Europe. Travellers are recommended to check two things regarding their passport for travelling in Europe:

  1. At the date of departure, your passport has more than 6 months left till it expires
  2. At the date of departure, your passport is no more than 10 years old, even it has at more than 6 months till it expires.

You should look to getting your passport renewed if the above points are an issue.

The government has produced a free tool should you have concerns about your passport. Click here to use it.

A visa shouldn’t be necessary for British passport holders. This is the advice from ABTA:

“You shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. The European Commission proposed in November 2018 that, even in a no-deal scenario, UK travellers can still visit the EU without a visa, providing the same is offered to European citizens visiting the UK. The European Commission has said that from 2021, UK citizens will need to pay a fee (of around 7 Euros) for this visa exemption. This is part of a new electronic travel authorisation system applying to all third-country visitors to the EU, similar to the US ESTA regime.”

Will my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) still be valid?

 

All customers on a Trek Adventures Holiday SHOULD NOT rely on an EHIC for medical cover, regardless of the Brexit outcome.

It is a requirement of your holiday with us that you have travel insurance that covers all the activities you can undertake on our holidays and as such have suitable medical cover.

If you do not have travel insurance, you can purchase it by clicking here. The insurance package we have arranged with MPI Insurance Brokers is designed to cover all the activities we offer to our guests.

I’m planning to hire a car whilst on holiday, will my drivers’ license still be valid?

Adult driving car

This WILL DEPEND on the outcome of Brexit. In a no deal scenario, it may become necessary for UK license holders to apply for an International Driving Permit in order to hire or drive a vehicle in the EU.

These will cost £5.50 and are available directly from the Post Office. For driving a vehicle in Greece you will need an INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT 1968

What happens if I book to travel and my holiday cannot go ahead due to Brexit?

Travel planning

There is currently nothing to suggest that your holiday with us will not go ahead as flights and travel are set to continue as normal, even in the event of a no deal scenario.

Your holiday is bonded by International Passenger Protection (IPP). In the unlikely event that we are unable to operate your holiday as a result of Brexit (or any other problem), the IPP will ensure you are not out of pocket.

As we said at the start we will contact all affected customers in the event that something changes. If you do have any questions or concerns please contact us at myholiday@trek-adventures.co.uk