Worried about booking your flight after Brexit? Read our helpful guide to ensure plain sailing through these turbulent times!
If you're concerned about Brexit and whether you can still book a flight to Europe, the short answer is - yes, yes you can! Both the UK and the EU signed the Withdrawal Agreement on 31st January 2020 and we are now in a transition period lasting until at least 31st December 2020. During this time, everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel without any changes. If you're concerned about how Brexit will affect UK business travellers, then this still applies.
It's understandable that you may be wondering if your holiday will be affected by Brexit though and, along with providing comprehensive travel insurance, at Holiday Extras we have set up the following guide to help you with any queries around booking your flight!
How will Brexit affect package holidays?
After Brexit, your package holiday consumer rights will remain the same if you have purchased a package holiday. They stay exactly the same if your travel agent is a British-based business. If they're based abroad, it is worth checking with the agent that the terms and conditions have remained the same as pre-Brexit. One thing worth checking for foreign-based agents is the insolvency procedures.
The cooperative health care card (EHIC) will most likely not stay in place for Brits when the UK formally pulls out of the EU after the transition period. It looks like the compensation scheme for airline delays and cancellations will remain the same, but it's worth checking with your travel insurance provider for their terms on disruptions!
Can I still use my passport after Brexit?
British passport holders can still use their valid British passports, and won't need any further documentation for the time being. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU, but your passport does need to be valid for the whole of your trip. For further information please visit our guide to Brexit and passports.
Should I still book holiday's after Brexit?
Booking holidays after Brexit shouldn't feel like a hassle. If you're really keen to book a holiday post-Brexit though you will be joining the millions of people that have already done so. Holidays to Europe are just as popular as ever and there's no need to be deterred by the current political climate.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?
There will be no changes to how you enter the EU or its Member States for at least a transition period. You will be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You may need a visa or permit to stay or work for longer than this period of time though. If you're an Irish citizen you'll still be able to enter to study or work in the UK without needing a visa.
Please check out our guide for further information on whether you will need a visa for Europe after Brexit.
All information correct as of February 2020. Sources include the UK Government website and The Association of British Travel Agents website.
Further advice on Brexit
If you found this page about booking flights post-Brexit useful, then read through a few of our other top guides to help you navigate Brexit and travel as smoothly as possible.
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