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Brexit: Advice for business travellers to the EU after March 29th, 2019

March 11, 2019

Deal or no-deal, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29th, 2019. With many statements concerning travel post-Brexit circulating, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with the facts as they stand, as issued by ABTA and the government.

CT Business Travel clients will be kept informed of any changes as they develop and will continue to be assisted by their Travel Consultants.

 Will flights be grounded if we have a no-deal situation?

UK citizens can be reassured that planes will continue to fly between the UK and the EU, regardless of the Brexit outcome.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

You should not need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. The European Commission announced in November 2018 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 7 Euros for this visa exemption.

How long do I need left on my passport to travel to the EU?

When travelling to the EU after March 29th 2019, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival to an EU country. If you renewed a 10 year old 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 6 months that must be remaining.

Will Brexit affect me travelling outside the EU?

UK passports issued prior to Brexit will still be valid for travel throughout the world, provided they are not damaged or expired. Travel to all non-EU countries for UK passport holders will be unaffected after Brexit.

I am an overseas business traveller coming to the UK – how will I be affected?

If you’re an Irish citizen you’ll be able to enter the UK without a visa, as you can now. If you’re a citizen of any other EU or EEA country, or Switzerland, you’ll also be able to enter the UK without a visa. The government is proposing to end free movement, but this is still subject to approval by Parliament. Once free movement has ended, if you’re a citizen of any other EU or EEA country, or Switzerland, you’ll still be able to enter the UK without a visa but only for up to 3 months. To check if you need a visa to enter the UK, please click here.

How will Brexit affect travel prices?

The pound continues to fluctuate in the run up to Brexit with sterling affected by political uncertainty and concerns over a deal/no-deal scenario. In order to provide continuity of service to our clients, any prices quoted in the run up to March 29th will be guaranteed on payment. The currency markets are expected to be turbulent around the time of leaving the EU and we envisage prices will fluctuate, so booking ahead of March 29th may prove to be more cost-effective.

Will my European Health Card (EHIC) be valid after 29th March, 2019?

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid. ABTA has always advised travellers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to the EHIC. When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions.

Will data roaming still cost the same as in the UK when we leave the EU?

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your 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.

Will my UK driving licence and UK insurance be valid in the EU after 29th March, 2019?

In the event of a no-deal scenario, UK travellers looking to drive in the EU on or after 29th March, 2019 may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit. These cost £5.50 and are available directly from the Post Office. 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. More information is available here.

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 in order for your UK car insurance to be applicable in the EU. These cards would be issued by insurers and you may be charged a small fee to cover administration costs.

Correct at the time of publishing – 11 March, 2019

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