As we’re sure you’re all well aware, the UK is currently in the midst of a great deal of uncertainty due to Brexit. As an ABTA Member, we are obliged to make you aware that in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario, aviation and travel throughout Europe may be affected.
The Government has confirmed that the earliest the UK will leave the EU is Friday 12 April 2019, instead of the originally planned date of Friday 29 March 2019. The UK will still be a Member of the EU up until at least 12 April, meaning everything will remain the same during this period, however, there is still much uncertainty about next steps. There is still is a possibility that the UK will leave the EU on 12 April without a deal. If a Brexit deal is agreed, the UK won’t actually leave until 22 May 2019, which is when the transition period until December 2020 will commence.
ABTA has identified six areas that you and your group should think about prior to travelling. These areas are passports, EHIC and travel insurance, driving licences, car insurance, travelling with pets and data roaming. We would advise you to refer to ABTA’s ‘Advice For Travellers’ FAQS here: https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers
There are a number of other possible scenarios that could play out in the coming weeks. ABTA is monitoring the situation and is in close contact with the Government and their members, so we will continue to pass on their updates on to you.