Tips for Travelling in Europe After Brexit
The decision for the United Kingdom to leave the the European Union in 2016 has caused debates, negotiations and also a lot of uncertainty. Three years on from the Brexit referendum and there is still a a lot of confusion as to what will actually happen and what the consequences are.
In this article we have put together a guide to important things you need to know about travelling in Europe after Brexit and also some top tips if you are currently planning your next European break.
Will Flights Still Operate?
Whatever happens in the Brexit negotiations airlines should still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU. If an agreement can be reached then there will be a transition period until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as planned.
In a no-deal situation, the EU 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 Ferries and Cruise Ships Still Sail?
Ferry services and cruises will still sail as the majority of the rules under which they operate are not based on EU rules, but are international.
Will Coach Journey Run?
Coaches should still be able to travel to and from the EU, and are expected to continue to take passengers to and around EU countries as usual.
Will Trains from the UK to the EU Still Operate?
Train journeys and the Eurostar from the UK to the EU are expected to continue to operate as normal but delays might be expected. The transport situation is subject to change though and there might be some inconvenience and changes to schedules depending on the eventual outcome.
Will I Need a Visa to Travel to Europe
Although at the moment UK travellers can explore Europe visa free, after Brexit, you might need a visa. This has yet to be finalized yet.
Driving in Europe
UK citizens looking to drive in the EU on or after 12 April 2019 will need to apply for an international driving permit even if you have a full UK driving licence. This costs £5.50 and are available from your local Post Office. You need to get this in advance.
Taking Pets Across Borders
The requirements for taking pets into Europe after Brexit have yet to be decided but you might to need to prepare for getting extra documents and health checks. We recommend checking online for latest news or discuss this with your veterinarian.
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.
Here are some things to think about and things you should do:
Get Advice Online
Be sure to check online for latest information and advice. The foreign and commonwealth travel advice website is a good place to start.
Book with an ABTOT or ABTA Travel Operator
While searching options for your next European holiday, book with a UK tour operator or a travel company that belongs to ABTOT or ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents). This is an excellent way to protect your trip and ensure you get a refund in case of any cancellations or problems due to Brexit.
Buy Travel Insurance
After the vote to to leave the EU, there has been a high level of uncertainty in the insurance industry. The insurance sector of the UK is responsible for inward investments of £1.8 trillion and UK Financial industries are currently operating on a day to basis depending on the outcome of negotiations.
Before leaving for your holiday, arrange travel insurance to cover yourself for any problems, delays or cancellations. Be sure to inspect the details and small print of an insurance policy to see if it covers for any problems as a result of Brexit. Don't be afraid to call for more information.
Check Your Passport Expiry Date
UK citizens are facing the significant risk of losing free movement including visa free travel. Due to changes in the way the UK will be working with the EU possibly outside of the current model, there will be some regulatory and legal changes and ramifications.
Currently you can travel in Europe on a passport with just a few weeks left until the expiry date but potentially after Brexit you will need to check the expiry date of your passport and make sure you have at least six months or more before the date of expiry.
It is essential to renew the passport online as soon as possible before departure.
Check Your European Travel Insurance and Health Insurance Card
The EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) permits UK citizens to access medical care for free while travelling to an EU country. In the event of a no deal Brexit, registered EHICs of UK will not be valid. ABTA advised business travellers and holidaymakers to ensure they have suitable travel insurance. Before travelling to Europe, it is essential to buy travel insurance, and make sure it covers medical conditions.
Should You Still Book a European Holiday?
If you are planning your next European break or summer holiday, we don't think the Brexit situation should put you off. Ahead of your journey, check with your travel company to see if there is any additional information you need to be aware of. If you are really worried about going overseas you could also consider a break in the UK instead, or just delay booking your trip until everything is more clear.