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          BREXIT: ABTA Advice for Travellers in 2019

          Many people are already booking their travel plans for 2019, and have questions about what might happen after 29 March 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?

          You shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. The European Commission announced in November 2018 that, even in a no-deal scenario, UK travellers can still visit the EU without a visa, providing the same is offered to European citizens visiting the UK.  The European Commission has said that from 2021, UK citizens will need to pay a fee (of around 7 Euros) for this visa exemption. This is part of a new electronic travel authorisation system applying to all third-country visitors to the EU, similar to the US ESTA regime. 

          What happens if I book to travel after 29 March 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 29 March.  Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate.

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