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. To help you plan your holiday we have outlined the latest advice below.
Our Brexit Promise
To give you complete peace of mind, we have also launched our own Brexit promise to refund your holiday payment in full if your ability to travel is changed significantly because of Brexit. This promise applies to all bookings made before 1 April, provided you have notified us of your intention to cancel no later than 15 April 2019.
Deal or no deal
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place, the existing travel rules may change, so the UK Government is making the following recommendations for all travellers going to the EU after 29 March:
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: If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place, the existing travel rules may change, so the UK Government is making the following recommendations for all travellers going to the EU after 29 March:
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
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. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has said that motorists should travel with a Green Card to provide proof of their insurance. These are free and available from their insurer, and should be requested about one month before travel.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will no longer be valid for Brits, so you will need adequate travel insurance.
You will not need a visa to travel in France in 2019. There have been news reports about the new European Travel Information and Authorisation Scheme (ETIAS), which will require Britons to pay £6 for a travel permit. However, this regulation will not apply until 2021.
The EU has assured travellers that planes will continue to fly whether there is a deal or no deal. The European Commission is proposing to cap the number of flights at 2018 levels, so there's a possibility that some flights may be cancelled. If you were to be affected, your cancelled flights would be automatically refunded.
Ferries & Eurostar
Brittany Ferries have amended timetables in the six weeks after 29 March so that they can transport critical goods across the Channel. Changes apply to crossings on the routes from Portsmouth to Le Havre, Poole to Cherbourg, and Plymouth to Roscoff, and some customers who have already booked may have had their departure time changed.
New border checks may lead to longer times for passing through security controls, so check to see if your travel provider has made any changes to their check-in advice
Don't forget, Siblu's Brexit promise means that we will refund your holiday payment in full if your ability to travel is changed significantly because of Brexit.
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.