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How will Brexit affect European travel plans?
13th Mar 2019

How will Brexit affect European travel plans?

With the UK due to leave the European Union on 29 th March 2019 – and ongoing uncertainty around an Exit deal – we provide answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding UK and European travel, post-Brexit…

Europe Incoming’s pledge

For over forty years we’ve delivered high quality, cost-effective travel experiences - to students and leisure groups, FITs and corporate parties - throughout the UK and the rest of Europe. Through numerous political and technological changes, we’ve provided a smooth, reliable service and continue to assure clients of minimal disruption to travel plans.

Our client base includes residents of the UK and other European countries, as well as citizens of Australia, the Middle East, Asia, Canada and the USA, so we’ve divided our post-Brexit guide accordingly:

UK residents

Will UK citizens need a visa to travel into EU states?

The European Commission has confirmed that - even in a no-deal scenario - initially, UK residents will not need a visa for short-term travel into EU countries. This equates to 90 days of travel within a 180-day period within the ‘borderless’ Schengen Area. However, non-EU visitors will require an ETIAS visa-waiver from 2021.

What is the ETIAS scheme?

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is expected to launch in 2021. ETIAS will be an online visa-exemption form, required by tourism and business visitors from the UK and many other non-EU countries. It is likely to cost €7 for three years of unlimited entries.

Will a no-deal Brexit affect British passport holders?

For holders of passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey, after 29th March the terms of travel into many European countries change.

British passport holders should ensure their passport is less than 10 years old and has a minimum of six months left to expiry from the date of arrival in the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

EU residents

Will EU residents need a visa to visit the UK?

The European Commission has stated that the offer of visa-free travel to EU states for UK residents is conditional, based on the UK granting reciprocal visa-free travel to the UK for all EU member states for short term visits.

If there is a deal, it is anticipated that EU citizens and UK nationals will be able to travel freely with a passport or identity card until the end of the transition period, in 2020.

Post-Brexit transport between the UK and EU

Will air travel between the UK and the EU be disrupted by Brexit?

The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if a deal isn’t reached. Flights between the UK and Europe should continue, with aviation security measures remaining robust and passenger safety still a priority.

Will Brexit affect ferry services between the UK and EU?

Ferries are governed at a global level, and passengers will continue to be protected by international maritime passengers’ rights.

Will Brexit affect Eurostar?

Eurostar’s cross-border high-speed rail service is expected to maintain its current timetable. Passenger rights will remain unchanged and protected by EU regulation and this will be incorporated into UK law.

Will Eurotunnel be impacted by Brexit?

Eurotunnel’s Le Shuttle is expected to be as frequent and fast as present. The rights of passengers using Eurotunnel’s cross-border services will remain unchanged.

Will coach travel between the EU and the UK be affected by Brexit?

Passengers on cross-border coach services will continue to be protected by EU regulations, which will be incorporated into UK law.

Other UK-EU travel questions

Will Brexit impact on travel insurance?

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows all EU citizens to access state medical care when travelling in EU states. After 29th March it is likely that EHICs registered to UK residents will no longer be valid. We recommend all clients have a comprehensive travel insurance policy, in the event of a medical emergency or other complication. Pay attention to the terms and conditions of the policy - in the event that Brexit causes disruption, cover will depend on the specific clauses within the policy.

Please contact a member of our team to discuss your next booking

Disclaimer: the information contained within this article was accurate when it was published on 13th March 2019.