Brexit. There’s still so much about it that’s up in the air. What will that mean when you go up in the air to fly over to Portugal, Spain, Italy or Greece for your holiday this summer?
According to ABTA, UK citizens make 58 million trips to Europe each year. Crystal’s Customer Survey found that 64% of people prefer to spend their time and money on breaks and holidays. But will our departure from the EU see a rise in ‘staycations’ while European city breaks, and beach holidays become a thing of the past?
With so much uncertainty, it’s good to know there’s one thing we can be sure of – that until the end of 2020, travel to EU countries will not change.
Following ‘Brexit day’ on 31 January, we’ll enter a transition period until the end of the year while the UK and EU negotiate their future relationship. During this time, the UK will cease to be an EU member but will continue to follow its rules. So, for 2020 at least, you can continue to travel as you do now.
This means flights, coaches, trains and ferries will operate as normal – and you won’t need a visa for travel. UK registered European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) will still be valid throughout 2020, giving you access to state medical care when travelling in an EU country.
What about your money? How much will it be worth post Brexit? The pound has fluctuated against the Euro over the last few years, so it’s hard to predict. Check with your bank about using your credit cards to see if you’ll incur higher charges. A pre-paid travel credit card is a good idea. As are all-inclusive holidays – where you can eat heartily regardless of how the pound’s performing or Brexit’s unravelling.
What happens after December this year? Right now, no-one knows, so make hay while the European sun shines and enjoy your 2020 holiday.
*Note this blog is based on the latest Withdrawal Agreement Bill becoming law.