THE IMPACT OF BREXIT ON HOLIDAYS TO FRANCE
With the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit, you may ask how your holiday to France might be affected. While there is still no fixed solution, the agreement to extend Article 50 until 31 October ensures that you can take your 2019 break with complete peace of mind. To help you plan your holiday we have outlined the latest advice below.
Deal or no deal
The Brexit extension until 31 October 2019 ensures that all existing travel laws and regulations will stay in place until at least the aforementioned date.
Deal agreed: If the UK agrees a Brexit withdrawal deal, all existing travel laws and regulations will stay in place until the UK formally leaves the EU, which will be in 2020 at the earliest.
No deal: With the agreement of the extension until 31 October, the immediate threat of no deal has been taken off the table in the short-term.
You should have at least six months left on your passport and this cannot include any extra months which have been added to a 10 year passport. If you are worried about the validity of your passport, the Government has launched a passport checker tool, which you can see here, https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport. If you need to apply for a new passport, make sure you leave plenty of time to process the request.
Driving or hiring a car
All existing rules and regulations for hiring a car will stay in place until at least 31 October 2019.
Post Brexit, for hiring a car in France: British motorists will need an International Driving Permit (IDP) when renting a car. This can be applied for via the Post Office at a cost of £5.50.
Taking your car to France: The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has said that motorists should travel with a Green Card to provide proof of their insurance. Green Cards are an international certificate of insurance guaranteeing that the motorist has the minimum level of cover for driving in the country they are travelling to. Green Cards are free and available from your insurer, and should be requested about one month before travel.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will continue to be valid for British people for any holidays in spring and summer 2019.
You will not need a visa to travel to France in 2019.
No flights will be cancelled because of Brexit, even in the event of No Deal at the end of October. The UK Government and the EU have agreed that all airlines will be able to continue to operate flights between the UK and the EU, even if the UK leaves with no deal.
Ferries & Eurostar
Brittany Ferries had amended timetables in the six weeks after 29 March so that they could transport critical goods across the Channel in the event of a no-deal Brexit. With the threat of no-deal off the table for now, all ferries and Eurostar services should run as usual.
We'll continue to update our Brexit advice as the situation becomes clearer. If you have any questions about our holidays to France, please don't hesitate to contact our team on 020 610 0186.