How will Brexit affect my school trip? 

Many groups have questions about what might happen after 31 January 2020 when the UK leaves the European Union (EU). ABTA has identified actions travellers may wish to take in advance to help avoid unnecessary future disruption.

This information only covers areas where travellers can take reasonable action or put plans into place now. Areas where the situation is still unclear are not included, but the information will be updated once clarified. Please see a summary below of the latest advice from ABTA, more information can be found here.

 

Advice from European Study Tours 

For groups traveling up until 31st December 2020

Passport:
Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip.
Insurance:
Your package includes travel insurance which provides cover for medical expenses (please remember that a £50.00 excess applies and that any pre-existing conditions must be declared as outlined in the policy document).
EHIC: 
UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.
                

For groups travelling from 1st Jan 2021 
Passport:
All British passport holders should have 6 months left on their passport from the date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports. In addition, if you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count.
Insurance:
Your package includes travel insurance which provides cover for medical expenses (please remember that a £50.00 excess applies and that any pre-existing conditions must be declared as outlined in the policy document). 
EHIC: 
It’s not known yet whether UK registered EHICS will still be valid. 

If you're travelling with European Study Tours and have any specfic questions. please contact your Tour Planner.

 

 

Brexit: advice for travellers - issued by ABTA 

The UK will enter a transition period after Brexit on 31 January 2020 until the end of December 2020. During the transition period, everything will continue to remain the same and you can travel in the same way as you do at the present time.

 

Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020

Will flights still operate?

During the transition period, everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. 

Will ferries and cruise ships still sail?

Ferry services and cruises will still sail as the majority of the rules under which they operate are not based on EU rules, but are international.

Will my coach journey still operate?

Coaches will still be able to travel to and from the EU, and are expected to continue to take passengers to and around EU countries as usual.

Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?

Trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate. Ahead of your journey, check with your travel company to see if there is any additional information you need to be aware of.

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

The European Parliament has confirmed that UK travellers won’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit for short-term business or leisure trips. UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa.

Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?

The best way to protect your trip is to book a package – it is then the travel provider’s responsibility to make sure your holiday is provided and to offer an alternative or refund if it cannot be delivered.

It is important that whenever and wherever you travel that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do. It is also worth checking the detail of the policy around travel disruption including delays or cancellations as policies do vary. You can also speak to your travel insurance provider about whether they provide any specific cover for Brexit.

 

Advice for travellers

This information only covers areas where you can take reasonable action or put plans into place now. Areas where the situation is still unclear are not included, but the information will be updated once clarified. The Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Passports

Valid passports can still be used. You no longer need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. However, your passport does need to be valid for the entire duration of your trip. 

European Health Insurance Card & travel insurance

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid during the transition period. 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 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. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.

Data roaming

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 and this will continue after 31 January 2020.

 

Information correct as of 30 January 2020.