The United Kingdom will leave the European Union of Friday, 29th March 2019.
As a UK-based tour operator, a lot of our holidays are to overseas destinations and many of these are already on sale for 2019 and sometimes beyond. But what does Brexit mean for our holidays and does it change the way you should prepare for them?
In short, there will be very little change felt after ‘Brexit Day’ and we fully anticipate that our holidays will continue to operate as normal.
The important thing to be aware of is that while we are paying close attention to the steady stream of developments and updates coming from the government, we are currently planning our holidays in a ‘business as usual’ manner. This is due to the already-agreed-upon transition period that will come in to force as soon as we leave the EU and will continue until the end of 2020.
During this transitionary period, all EU law will continue to apply in the UK, meaning that citizens will have exactly the same rights and guarantees as before. This includes freedom of movement, so there will be no visa applications or other such barriers suddenly put in place for our guests travelling to European holiday destinations. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will still be usable throughout the EU (plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) as it is now for any travellers requiring medical attention, subject to existing regulations for each country. Of course it is still just as vital that all guests have adequate travel insurance in place, regardless of where they are going.
For those venturing further afield, all existing entry procedures to non-EU countries will remain in place during the transitionary period.
Of course, should anything change that has the potential to impact upon our holidays, we will notify our guests both before and after they make a booking, so that everybody is kept fully informed.
In the meantime, please do check back on our website regularly, as new destinations and departure dates are often added, along with other important updates and announcements. You can also keep in touch with us via social media, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram