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Brexit - Your Questions Answered

Brexit will never dampen our love for our Channel neighbours!

Updated 26 February 2019

As the UK hurtles towards it's exit from the European Union on 29th March, we are taking steps to prepare for all outcomes including a 'No deal Brexit'. Many of you are worried about how it could affect your travel plans and are uncertain about what you can do to prepare.

Belle France has been crafting authentically French holidays for over 30 years, working with and maintaining a close partnership with our neighbours across the channel.

Whether you agree or disagree with the Brexit decision, all industries across Britain will have to adjust and travel is no exception.

Following the UKs decision to leave the European Union and all subsequent political updates, we've pulled together these FAQs to help answer some questions you may have.

How does the Brexit decision affect my holiday?

The UK is still officially part of the EU until 29th March 2019; therefore British passport holders are still free to travel between the UK and EU, as they were prior to the referendum.

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) says that while some things may change after Brexit there's no reason to be concerned when booking a holiday.

Current burgundy British passport and post-brexit navy blue passport
Current burgundy British passport and post-brexit navy blue passport

Can I still use my British passport to travel to Europe?

You can continue to use your British passport to travel to Europe. Your passport is a British document, it's not an EU passport, so your passport will stay the same. 

However, if your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months remaining from your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. These extra months will not count towards this so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.

Do I now need a travel visa?

Limitations may be placed on British nationals' ability to live and work in EU countries, but it is unlikely that they would want to deter tourists. There are countries outside the EEA that British citizens can visit for up to 90 days without needing a visa, it is possible that similar agreements could be made with European countries.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Is my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card still valid?

The European Health Insurance Card remain valid for now however if the UK leaves with no deal, your EHIC will no longer be valid.

We always recommend that you take out personal travel insurance.

The NHS website provides comprehensive information about healthcare abroad.

What if I'm travelling to Europe from America, Australia, New Zealand...?

There has been no change to your visa & passport requirements. Your passport must be valid for 3 months beyond your stay and issued within the past 10 years. Visas are not normally required for US, Australian, New Zealand or Canadian nationals dependent upon your length of stay.

Eurostar services should see minimal disruption.
Eurostar services should see minimal disruption.

How will Eurostar be affected?

After 29th March, your rights as a rail passenger using either domestic or cross-border rail services will remain unchanged. Passengers on cross-border rail services will continue to be protected by the EU regulation on rail passengers’ rights, which will be brought into UK law.

Before you leave for the station, check online for the latest Eurotunnel travel information.

Flights from the UK to the EU should continue as normal but queues may be longer.
Flights from the UK to the EU should continue as normal but queues may be longer.

How will UK to EU flights be affected?

Flights should continue as normal after Brexit. Both the UK and EU want flights to continue without any disruption. There will be no impact to direct flights to non-EU countries.

Before you leave for the airport, check online for the latest travel information and scheduled services from your airline.

Aviation security for passengers

From 29 March 2019, if there is no EU Exit deal, most passengers will not experience any difference in aviation security screening. The UK will continue to apply robust aviation security measures and prioritise passenger safety and security.

The European Commission has proposed measures to avoid extra security screening of passengers from the UK when transferring to onward flights at EU airports.

Will my consumer rights change?

Your consumer rights in regards to travelling will remain largely unchanged.

You will have the same rights under UK law in the event of denied boarding, cancellation or long delay of passenger air, rail, road or sea services. For EU registered passenger transport operators, EU law will continue to apply in respect of journeys to and from the EU.

Will I still be able to take my pet abroad?

To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU after 29 March 2019 in any scenario, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.

The rules for taking your pet to any EU country will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

You must get your dog or cat microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel.

Further information can be found on the UK government website.

Data roaming changes will most likely not be reintroduced.
Data roaming changes will most likely not be reintroduced.

Will data roaming charges change?

Currently you can travel in the EU with guaranteed surcharge-free roaming. This means you can use your mobile devices to make calls, send texts and use mobile data services for no more than you would be charged when in the UK.

After 29th March, it is likely that roaming will remain surcharge-free however the amount that EU mobile operators would be able to charge UK operators for providing roaming services would no longer be regulated. This would mean that surcharge-free roaming when you travel to the EU could no longer be guaranteed. 

most UK mobile operators have confirmed that they will not be reintroducing roaming charges.

Further information can be found on the official UK government website or on ABTA's website.

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