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This information is correct as of 6 March 2019. For completely up-to-date information, please always speak to an A&K representative about the latest developments

We are committed to supporting and assisting you throughout every aspect of a holiday that you book with A&K. In the lead up to the UK’s departure from the EU, and given the uncertainty of the outcome currently, we have put together some valuable information about travelling to the EU after the end of October (or a date that is agreed in the future as part of the Brexit process).

PASSPORT ELIGIBILITY

When travelling to the EU after 31 October 2019, the UK Government currently recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival in an EU country. This is in line with A&K’s standard advice to always have at least six months validity on your passport, regardless of the destination to where you are travelling.

However, you should also check when your passport was renewed. If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months over 10 years will not count towards the six months that must be remaining. The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules.

If your passport does not meet these rules, we advise you to apply for a new passport before any travel.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

You shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. The European Commission announced that, even in a no-deal scenario, UK travellers can still visit the EU without a visa, providing the same is offered to European citizens visiting the UK. The European Commission has said that from 2021, UK citizens will need to pay a fee (of around seven Euros) for this visa exemption. This is part of a new electronic travel authorisation system applying to all third country visitors to the EU, similar to the US ESTA regime.

For specific information on entry to a destination, we recommend you check with the UK FCO advice pages here.

EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK-registered EHICs will no longer be valid.

A&K has always advised anyone booking with us to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC. When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important to take out comprehensive travel insurance including adequate health cover based on personal circumstances.

DRIVING IN THE EU

If you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This is likely to change in a no-deal scenario. UK travellers looking to drive in the EU on or after 31 October 2019 may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit.

These cost £5.50 and are available directly from the Post Office. You will need to check carefully which permit is required for each country you intend to drive within, as you may need more than one permit to comply with the law. 

If the UK leaves without a deal, UK citizens driving their vehicle within the EU would be required to obtain and carry a physical Green Card for UK car insurance to be applicable in the EU. These cards would be issued by insurers possibly with a small fee to cover administration costs. We advise speaking with your insurer for more information on obtaining a Green Card well before any trip which is to take place on or after 31 October 2019.

DATA ROAMING

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on a phone in the EU is the same in the UK. If the UK leaves without a deal, these rules will no longer apply – however, some UK companies have said they may continue to offer this benefit to their customers. Before any travel, check with your mobile phone provider about the costs of using your phone in the EU.

CANCELLATION OF YOUR HOLIDAY

At present, standard cancellation conditions will apply. However, should you wish to cancel after you have booked, due to the current situation we will endeavour to accommodate postponement or cancellation of your holiday. This will be done on a case by case basis and wherever it is possible to do so. 

If you have any questions regarding your upcoming travel arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact an A&K Villas specialist on 01242 547 705. They are ready with insight, advice and support to make your holiday hassle-free heaven from booking to completion. 

We are on hand to help and look forward to welcoming you on an A&K Villas holiday.