Post Brexit travel recommendations - how will it affect your holiday?
Insurance and the European Health Insurance Card
The future of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) has not been agreed and it is likely that from the withdrawal date UK residents will not be able to use the EHIC and UK prescriptions will no longer be valid in the EU.
Insurance polices (e.g. travel and tour operator liability) however, will remain in force after we exit the EU, but premiums are likely to rise over time.
It is expected that agreements for medical expenses of UK travellers in EU countries will be negotiated piecemeal. Needless to say, this may take some time.
Insurers who are established in the EU and provide insurance in the UK will have temporary permission to continue.
We have not been alerted to any possible implications to holders of RYA qualifications or ICC's (issued by the RYA) with regards to proving competence for the purposes of chartering a boat in Greece.
Travelling by air
The CAA has proposed that the UK airlines have up to nine months additional time to obtain the necessary certification to continue flights in the event of a no deal.
Passports and visas
UK Passport holders travelling outbound will no longer be able to use security queues designated for the EEA. Passports will need to be valid for a minimum of three months before the date of return, but the UK government will be advising six months.
For inbound journeys from the EU to the UK, EU citizens will not face new processes for short-term visits of less than three months and they will continue to have the ability to use e-gates as they do today.
It is the intention that the UK will be added to the list of visa exempt countries. If this does not happen then a visa will be required. It costs €7 for three years.
Driving in Europe
UK drivers will have to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP), also known as an international driving licence. These can be obtained from selected Post Offices only in the UK by attending in person and taking your full valid UK photo-card driving licence. A few other matters:
• an IDP is valid for one year
• you must be 18 or over to apply for an IDP
• you can’t apply for an IDP more than three months before you intend to travel
• you can’t get an IDP issued retrospectively
• there are various different IDP permits depending on the country you are visiting, please check that you have the correct one
• if you are intending to take up residence in an EU country, you will need to apply for a local licence within a year. If you are in the EU on the day the UK leaves, you can continue to drive on your existing licence until you return home (up to one year)
• for those old enough to remember the old Green Card it seems that this is coming back. It is a document that must be carried in the vehicle and demonstrates that you have third party liability insurance. This will be issued by the vehicle's insurers upon request.
Some good news: travellers will see the return of the Duty-Free allowances on certain goods. UK travellers will also be entitled to VAT refunds where they have paid VAT on certain goods.
Mobile phones and roaming
Those visiting the EU could be hit with higher mobile phone roaming charges in the event of a no deal. The UK government will try to oblige mobile phone companies to limit charges by legislation.
Possible impact on your travel plans
What we don’t know is whether leaving the EU without a ‘deal’ would affect travel arrangements, although from the information we have it seems unlikely.
This situation is, however, unfortunately not a provision (covered) under travel insurance. In addition, it is a known event or set of circumstances and would fall under any exclusion in relation to actions or inactions by any Government or similar body.