What about Brexit?
We recommend visiting ABTA's Brexit advice for travellers page, which has lots of useful information and practical advice.
After 31 January 2020, with the ratification of the Withdrawal agreement, the UK entered a transition period, meaning everything remains the same and you can continue to travel as you did before, until the end of December 2020.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has published advice on how to prepare if you're travelling to Europe from 1st January 2021, which you can find here - https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021
Travelling to France from 01/01/21
We've summarised key points below. In the main there will be no impact on travelling to France for holidays aside from:
- No visas will be required for UK citizens. Passports will still be required as before but they will require 6-months validity (you can check your passport online as if you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel). The UK has never been part of the Schengen passport-free European travel area, and therefore there have always been identity controls for UK travellers coming into the EU. This won't change and you won't see any difference in queues.
- For those driving, an International Driving Permit may be required if no agreement is reached with the EU. This can be easily obtained from UK Post Offices for £5.50.
- For those driving with their own car, a car insurance Green Card may be required if no agreement is reached with the EU. These can be obtained free of charge from your insurer in most cases.
- The EHIC health scheme will no longer be in place if no agreement is reached with the EU. Travel insurance (which we have always insisted our clients have in place, as this is good practice) already covers all these aspects anyway.
- Procedures for those wishing to travel with their pets will be more complicated and we would urge anyone wishing to do so to look into this well in advance of travel. Find out more about the new process - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
You can find the answers to other frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.
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