After 11pm on Friday 31 January UK entered a new phase of political negotiations known as the Transition Period. This will run until the end of 2020 unless it is extended. During this time, although some small changes will happen at government level, most of us won't notice any differences.
After 31 December 2020, it is unlikely that the EU would want to impose restrictions on travel for Britons travelling to Europe as Brits contribute significantly to the European tourism market – ABTA research found that in 2014 alone, UK holidaymakers spent a remarkable £19.76bn in EU countries.
Belle France have been working in close partnership with our French friends and suppliers for over 32 years and we will continue to work in exactly the same way after the Transition Period expires regardless of the outcome.
For now, there is no change to the use of the European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC), you will be able to use your card as before during the Transition Period but we are unsure how this scheme may be affected after 31 December 2020. Belle France have always recommended that customers take out separate travel insurance.
We are taking steps to prepare for any scenario. You can find the latest Brexit information on the UK Government website. If you have any questions regarding Brexit, ABTA's website may help answer these. Both of these websites are updated regularly with the latest information. You can also read some FAQs on our blog.
We are a Member of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. All the package and Flight-Plus holidays we sell are covered by a scheme protecting your money if the supplier fails. Other services such as hotels or flights on their own may not be protected and you should ask us what protection is available.
Passports and Visas
You must ensure that you have a valid, acceptable passport and any required visa or other documentation needed for travel to France. If a visa or other document is required, don't leave it until the last minute, please allow plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you are a British Citizen please refer to the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
If you are not a British Citizen please contact the appropriate consulate or embassy for advice.
If you have specific health requirements please seek professional health advice well in advance of travelling.
You can also refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Health pages which includes links to the latest health advice.
For British Citizens visiting France you can apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC isn’t a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers advice about travelling abroad.
You can also find out more about staying safe abroad via the Government's Travel Aware website which offers advice, tips and information about local laws and customs.
It is a requirement of booking with Belle France that you have adequate travel insurance which covers you for your holiday. Please check your insurance policy carefully to ensure that you are fully covered for all the activities in which you intend to participate and that the policy covers the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation that may be required.
Let us plan your journey
We work with Voyages SNCF to give you a speedy journey on Eurostar to Paris or Lille and then connect with TGV networks travelling through the French countryside arriving at your destination relaxed and ready to enjoy your holiday.
Departures available from London St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet or Ashford in Kent. Just 2 hours 15 minutes journey time to Paris.
At St Pancras you’ll find shops, bars and restaurants catering for all your needs. Ebbsfleet is just 3 miles from junction 2 on the M25 with over 2,000 parking spaces only 5 minutes walk from the station.
Upgrade to First Class seating for £140 per person, which includes a meal and complimentary drinks on Eurostar. A break in your outward or inbound rail journey of more than 24 hours will usually incur a travel supplement of £50.
For bookings made within 12 weeks of departure our rail prices cannot be guaranteed - please ask for a quotation.
Rail timings given at the time of booking may change - we will inform you of any changes and exact times will be confirmed at least three weeks prior to departure.
Eurotunnel - Takes you from Folkstone to Calais/Coquelles in just 35 minutes. There are simple check-in procuedures and drive-on carriages which makes this an easy and popluar option. Prices available on request. Please call +44 (0)1580 214 010 for timings, availability and supplements.
We also act as agents for all cross-Chanel operators so please feel free to ask for a quotation from the following operators:
- DFDS Seaways - Dover to Dunkerque in 2 hours.
- P&O Ferries - Dover to Calais in 90 minutes.
- Brittany Ferries- Western Chanel routes day and overnight sailings.
- Condor Ferries - speedy same day service to St Malo.
Flights - own travel
Many of our holiday destinations are conveniently served by a wide choice of flights operated by low cost airlines. However, we cannot book your flights for you and many low cost airlines only sell direct anyway.
Plan carefully as the low cost airlines offer some fantastic prices, but it pays to plan carefully and to observe some basic principles:
- It can be costly and complicated to get from the airport to your first hotel.
- Generally it pays to book early for the lowest fares but ensure that your accommodation is available before booking your flight.
- Changes and amendments can be costly.