YOUR BREXIT QUESTIONS ANSWERED
NO CHANGES TO YOUR 2020 HOLIDAY
With the UK set to leave the EU on 31st January, we will be in a transition period until the end of the year, where the UK and EU have agreed ‘the existing structure of EU rules and regulations’ remain the same,
The bottom line? Nothing will change for your 2020 holidays. So you can book your holidays with us and enjoy stress free fun for 2020!
Not only will nothing change, but you are still fully protected through ABTA and ATOL.
Below you will find some more detailed questions and answers
PEACE OF MIND
IS MY BOOKING SAFE?
Yes. Despite the UK due to leave the EU on 31st January, nothing will change until after 31st December 2020.
The most important thing you need to know your booking comes with peace of mind as standard. Our focus remains the same as it always has - providing safe, trustworthy and fully protected holidays to our customers. Our holidays are ABTA and ATOL bonded, for extra security - and that won’t change. There’s more information about that here:- www.alfresco-holidays.com/about-al-fresco/reasons-to-book-al-fresco
IF MY FLIGHTS, FERRY OF EUROTUNNEL DOES NOT OPERATE BECAUSE OF ISSUES AROUND BREXIT, WILL MY MONEY BE REFUNDED?
If you have booked your flight, ferry or Eurotunnel through us and we’re unable to provide a booked service, then you will receive a refund or be given the option to change your holiday arrangements. Booking a package holiday ensures you are fully protected.
If you have booked accommodation only with us and your flights, ferry or Eurotunnel separately, then we would be unable to refund you. You would need to speak to the relevant booking agent or Travel Supplier directly to understand if they offer you financial protection.
DEPARTING THE UK
WILL MY PASSPORT BE VALID?
Yes. As long as you have six months or more left on your passport, when you depart, you’ll be able to enter the EU - even if we leave the EU with no deal.
If you renewed your passport last time, before the renewal date, extra months may have been added. These do not count towards the six months and will not be valid.
You can renew your passport online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service. We’d recommend you don’t leave this to the last minute! Not sure if this affects you? There’s a handy online passport checker you can fill in.
DO I NEED A VISA?
No. You will NOT need a visa to travel to Europe. The European Parliament has approved legal changes to ensure that UK citizens will not need a visa to travel to the EU for short stays after Brexit – even in the event of a no-deal exit.
WHAT ABOUT MY PET PASSPORT?
If the UK leaves with no deal, it would become a so-called ‘third country’ for the purposes of the EU Pet Travel Scheme. There are three categories of ‘third country’ - each presenting different outcomes, from no change to your pet passport requirements to the need to have your pet checked by an official veterinarian either four months or 21 days in advance of travel. With the Withdrawal Agreement approved, and the transition period set for the end of 2020, you will still be able to travel with your pet to the EU under the current pet travel rules using your current UK issued EU pet passport. See this page for more information.
HOW WILL IT AFFECT FERRIES?
Brexit will not affect the ability of ferries to sail between the UK and the rest of Europe. The Government has also set out that it wants to make no changes to passport controls for travel between the UK and the Continent. It’s worth noting, however, that ports are always busier during the holiday season and we recommend that you arrive in plenty of time for your sailing. It’s always a good idea to check with your ferry operator to assess whether delays will be likely.
WILL FLIGHTS BE AFFECTED?
No. Whatever happens when the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union, the EU Commission has confirmed that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights 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 that transition period and flights will continue as normal. And even if there is no deal, the EU has confirmed that flights will not be affected.
CAN I USE MY DRIVING LICENCE?
Yes. Following a no-deal exit, UK citizens with a full UK driving licence planning to drive in the EU may need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check which permit you’ll need for each country. There will be two different types of IDP that apply in EU countries, therefore if you’re driving through a few – for example driving to Spain via France, you will require both the 1949 IDP and the 1968 IDP.
Permits cost £5.50 and are available directly from the AA, the RAC or the Post Office. IDPs have been available at 2,500 Post Offices across the UK since 1st February.
WILL I NEED A GREEN CARD
ABTA advises their is no need for UK drivers to carry a Green Card (proof of third-party insurance) during the transition period. For further advice on insurance needed please contact your vehicle insurer.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. We would always recommend holidaymakers make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, even with a valid EHIC card. Check any insurance covers your current medical conditions and any previous medical history is clearly noted. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you need to make any updates
WILL MY EHIC BE ACCEPTED?
Yes. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows EU citizens to receive state medical care when they are within the EU.
During any transition period between the UK leaving the EU and a deal being agreed you'll still be able to use your card.