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          BREXIT: ABTA Advice for Travellers in 2019

          As many people continue to make travel plans for 2019, some still have questions about what might happen after 31 October 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union (EU). The political process is still ongoing and we don't yet know the final outcome, however, there have been some reassurances recently around flights and visas and these are reflected in our frequently asked questions.

          We have also identified actions travellers may wish to take in advance to help avoid unnecessary future disruption in the event of a no-deal scenario.

          Will flights still operate?

          UK citizens can be reassured that regardless of the Brexit outcome planes will still fly between the UK and the EU: if a deal is agreed then we will be in a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. Even if we are in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU. The UK government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines.

          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 the EU after Brexit, even if the UK leaves without a deal. UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. 

          Clients who book a package holiday through the Prestbury Travel Group enjoy the most comprehensive consumer protection: if you book a package, your holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning you have a right to a full refund if your holiday can no longer be provided.

          What happens if I book to travel after 31 October 2019 and my holiday cannot go ahead due to Brexit?

          There is nothing to suggest that you will not be able to continue with your holiday plans after 31 October.  Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate.