The UK is due to leave the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019 and the effects of Brexit are likely to affect Guernsey too.
The political process is still ongoing, and we don't yet know the final outcome, so the potential impacts are difficult to predict with any certainty. However, if you are due to travel after this date to an EU destination, there are some specific things for you to consider to reduce the possible impact that Brexit may have on your travel plans, particularly in the event of a no deal outcome.
Please check the date your passport expires! The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport for travel to Europe. You always need a valid passport to travel and enter those countries you intend to visit.
When travelling to the EU after 29 March 2019, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival to an EU country but the six months remaining cannot include extra months that may have been added to your passport’s expiry date when you last renewed.
If you need to renew your passport, you may wish to do it sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans. Full details on renewing your passport can be found here.
Health care in Europe and travel insurance:
Do not rely solely on your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for health care in Europe! EHIC allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs may be affected. We always advise customers to hold appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC or not, and adequate insurance is a condition of your booking.
If you have booked with Travel Counsellors - Nicki Harrison travelling to Europe after the 29th March 2019 and want some general guidance on travel insurance, please get in touch.
It’s always worth checking that your insurance covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. It’s worth reminding yourself of the applicable terms in view of some of the changes that Brexit may cause.
In the event of a no deal outcome it is likely that UK travellers looking to drive in the EU on or after 29 March 2019 will need to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP). The outcome for Guernsey license holders is still unclear but Nicki is trying to keep as updated as possible.
Also, because travellers no longer benefit from the EU’s automatic third-party motor insurance cover, you will likely need a Green Card, which insurance firms currently issue free of charge.
We would advise you to consider giving yourself extra travelling time in the event of any disruption caused by the practicalities of a no-deal outcome, for example when travelling through passport control at the airport. Some useful Government information is available here.
There has been speculation around potential disruption to flights. Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has confirmed that flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate.
Even if you haven’t booked with Travel Counsellors - Nicki Harrison, Nicki is keen to everyone to know this information so their travel plans are not ruined.
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