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Sunday, 6 January 2019

Brexit: and travel

CNN has been looking at how travel will be effected by a no-deal Brexit:
How no-deal Brexit will hit travel in and out of the UK and Europe? | CNN Travel

As has this weekend's Devon Live: 

How holiday rules will change after March 29 thanks to Brexit

Passports, visa, driving licences, health insurance and duty free rules will all change after March 29 when we leave the EU


Neil Shaw Head Of Digital, Live And Trending 

For PlymouthLive, DevonLive And CornwallLive
4 JAN 2019

If you've taken a summer holiday in Europe in recent years you've probably found it very easy - thanks to the freedom of movement and agreements currently in place between the UK and the EU.

But all that will change on March 29 when Britain quits the European Union, with changes on the cards for passports, visas, flight rules and compensation, duty free and driving. Exactly what the situation will be when it comes time for your summer break still isn't clear, with no deals yet in place - but there are some clear indications about what will still work and what won't.

UK passports will continue to be valid after Brexit, but won't carry the benefits of being a European citizen when you land in a country such as Spain, France, Greece or Italy. So you won't be able to use any 'fast' channels through customs and security for arrivals from Europe and will instead queue with everyone else.

Because of the Schengen agreement on free movement in Europe for third-country nationals, you will have to have at least six months left on your passport - or it may not be accepted for entry into some countries in Europe. So if you're planning on travelling in July and your passport runs out in the September after that you may not be allowed into the country of your choice.

At the same time, some countries may refuse to accept passports which have 'too much' validity - they don't recognise passports which run for more than 10 years. If you're planning on travelling in Europe this summer and you need a new passport, get one now.

Will UK flights be allowed in EU airspace? The current 'open skies' agreement that allows our planes to fly into and over Europe is regulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency - and at present there is no deal to allow it to continue.

That said, it is highly unlikely the EU will ban British planes from flying over the continent. It isn't impossible though, with Ryanair warning that on March 29 flights between the UK and EU could be grounded for 'an unknown period of time'.

If your flight is grounded you will be able to get a refund, but not necessarily a refund on things such as hotels and transfers. What about other flight compensation? The EU rules that allow you to claim compensation if your flight is cancelled or delayed will end. But the Government has said it will continue to enforce similar rules.

So passports should work, flights should continue and compensation should be available if things go wrong - but you may also need a visa. At present we are free to travel anywhere in Europe, but after March 29 you may need to apply for a visa .

Britain is proposing a deal for visa-free travel which would mean you can go online and fill in a form for visa-free travel under the ETIAS online registration system for third-country nationals. That deal is not yet done.

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) should continue to be valid - the Government has said it wants a deal where European travelers and travelers in Europe can continue to use local health services without charge. Again, that deal is not yet done.

The other document you need to worry about is your driving licence . Currently it is an EU document and valid across the 27 member states. After March 29 it won't be. You will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the EU, according to the Department for Transport (DfT). They are available for £5.50 from some Post Offices.

Unfortunately there are two types of IDP, one valid in Ireland, Spain, Malta and Cyprus, while all other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland use a different one. If you don't have the right one you could be turned away at the border if you are trying to drive into an EU country. Alternatively you may have to pay a fine.

And your mobile phone charges could go up. The EU rules on roaming which cut the cost of taking your mobile abroad in 2017 will cease to apply this year. Calls, text and data charges could all be hiked by your mobile provider. 


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