Brexit: advice for travellers For travel to Europe until 31 October 2019 all current arrangements for travel will remain as they are today. For example: You will still have access to state medical care in any EU country as long as you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card. It is a condition of travel with Chandlers that travellers should also take out travel insurance and make sure it covers any medical conditions or activities they plan to do. You will be able to move through UK ports and airports as usual, using the EU/EEA passport gates. All consumer rights and benefits from EU laws will also remain including the ability to use your mobile phone abroad without additional charges. What will happen after 31 October 2019? If the Government agrees a deal on or before that date, the UK will then enter a transition period and everything will continue to remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now.There is still a possibility that the UK could leave the EU at the end of October without a deal. We have identified actions travellers may wish to take in advance to help avoid unnecessary future disruption in the event of a no-deal scenario. 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 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. Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit? The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package – it is 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. 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 Check the date your passport expires. If we leave the EU without a deal, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival in an EU country. You should also check when your passport was renewed. 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 over 10 years will not count towards the 6 months that must be remaining. The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules. You can renew your passport online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service. You may wish to renew your passport 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. European Health Insurance Card and 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. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid. ABTA has always advised holidaymakers and business 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.