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I am due to travel after the Brexit deadline, will it go ahead?

If the Government agrees a deal on or before the Brexit deadline, the UK will then enter a transition period.

There is still a possibility that the UK could leave the EU without a deal. However there have been reassurances around flights and visas, and so it is business as usual for us. The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if no deal is reached between the EU and the UK.

Should circumstances beyond our control mean you cannot travel as a result of Brexit, you will receive a refund of all monies paid to us should no suitable alternative be available. Any package holiday booked with a UK operator will offer you this protection under the Package Travel Regulations. No compensation would be payable in this situation, but you can be sure you will get your money back.

This highlights the importance of booking with a fully bonded Tour Operator such as Activities Abroad, where you are fully financially protected by ATOL and ABTA.

If you book flights, hotels or other services directly with suppliers then it is unlikely that any protection will be provided for you.

Will my passport still work?

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal then the FCO has advised that you will need six months left on your passport from the date of your arrival in that country and any additional months added as a result of early renewal will not count. Full guidance is provided here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

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Will I need a visa to travel to Europe?

The simple answer is no, you shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. If a deal is agreed, then the rules will not change until at least 31 December 2020. If there is no deal, then the proposal is that UK citizens will not need a visa for any stay up to 90 days long in any 180-day period.

The European Commission has also stated that from 2021, all non-EU citizens will need to pay a fee (of around €7) every three years for this visa exemption as part of a new European Travel Information and Authorisation System, similar to the US ESTA regime.

Where can I find out more?

ABTA has put together some helpful information on Brexit that can be found here. Or you can contact us on 01670 789 991 if you have any concerns.

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