How will Brexit affect my holiday? Everything you need to know about travelling abroad if there is No Deal

BRITS heading to Europe after Brexit could find themselves faced with a number of problems if heading across the border.

The vote, due to take place on October 31,  could end up causing a number of problems.

Booking a holiday with an EU firm after Brexit? Make sure you check the small printIt all depends on whether Britain is able to seal a withdrawal deal.

But if there's No Deal, then things could get tricky.

This could result in problems with passports and travel within the EU countries.

So what should you know about getting ready for your holidays?


Brits have been warned that they need at least 15 months left on their passports to travel to certain EU countries in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

The UK Foreign Office warned: "You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling after October 31 and there’s no deal.

"On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to at least 6 months left [and] be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)."
"If you do not renew it, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland."

Why do I need 15 months left on my passport?

At the moment, Brits who renew their passport before it's expired can carry up to nine months over to their new passport.

So a new passport can have the maximum validity of 10 years and nine months.

In a No Deal Brexit scenario, Brits visiting Schengen Area countries, including Spain, France and Greece, will be governed by the same rules as visitors from non-EU countries.

This means that they will need at least six months left on their passport to enter the EU, and their passport must have been issued in the last ten years.

It creates a loophole that makes the extra nine months that were carried over invalid in the Schengen Area.

That's why Brits who carried over the full nine months when they last renewed would need at least 15 months left on the passport after Brexit – nine months to account for the now-invalid time carried over, plus six months for the required validity.

The Government has a free passport checker that you can use to check whether you need to renew your passport before you travel, which you can find here.

Plane travel

Gloomy Phil Hammond got the nation panicking when he said that under No Deal, planes could be grounded between Britain and the EU. It's a warning that's been repeated by countless politicians since, including the EU's Jean Claude Juncker.

However, earlier this year, the government has confirmed that flights will continue after Brexit.


Trains will still run after Brexit, of course. But there are no guarantees that Eurotunnel won't have any disruptions.

As part of a raft of No Deal notices last year, the Government said that companies such as Eurostar, which only holds a UK licence, could be affected unless individual agreements are struck with the countries it goes to.

It advises taking out insurance for Eurostar tickets that cover any Brexit disruption.

Coach holidays and driving

Under No Deal, UK driving licences would no longer be valid in the EU so holidaymakers would need to buy one of two international driving permits.

The Government said: "You may be turned away at the border or face other enforcement action, for example fines, if you don’t have the correct IDP."

Which one you need will depend on which country you're going to and you can find out more here.

And you could need a Green Card too – a translation of your car insurance policy – which you can get from the Post Office.

A GB sticker will also be needed for your car.

But providing ministers secure the 21-month transition period as planned, this should stay the same.


Dover to Calais and other ferry routes could be impacted if extra checks have to be made at borders in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

But there are unlikely to be any extra delays for tourists, as Brits already get their passports checked en route anyway.

Package holidays

No changes should be needed for anyone booking a package deal – unless your booking is with an EU-based firm and made outside the UK, in which case you may not be protected.

Brits should make sure that their holiday is ATOL protected, or ABTA protected if they're not flying.

Spending money

There was a drop in the pound after Britain voted to leave the EU, meaning Brits will have to stump up more money to get their euros when going abroad on the continent.

But if there's a Brexit deal signed, the pound's value could increase and make holidays cheaper.

A No Deal could see it drop again, pushing up prices.

European Health Insurance cards

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid for Brits after October 31 in the event of a No Deal situation.

Depending on the country, the healthcare offered to Brits may differ – the NHS has offered detailed advice for each EU country.

Brits should still buy travel insurance if they are travelling after October to ensure they are fully protected in case of emergencies.

Pet travel

Pet owners should speak to a vet as soon as possible if they want to take their animals to Europe after Brexit, Britain's top vet previously warned.

Brits will need to pay up to £200 for the right to take pets on holiday if we leave the EU with No Deal, and the process can take up to four months with more advice on the FCO website.

If we do get a deal it should be able to continue as normal.

Roaming charges

Most UK networks say they have "no plans" to bring back roaming charges after we leave the EU.

The bloc scrapped them in 2017, but there have been fears it could cost more to call and use the internet abroad in future.

Ministers have said that any increases again would be limited.

However the Foreign Office advise: "A new law means that you’re protected from getting mobile data charges above £45 without you knowing.

"Once you reach £45, you need to opt in to spend more so that you can continue using the internet while you’re abroad. Your phone operator will tell how you can do this."


The EU parliament confirmed today that UK citizens will be able to travel to countries in the EU without a visa even if there is no deal.

Brits will then become "third party nationals" which means staying up to 90 days without the need for a visa.

The FCO said: "If there is a deal, there will be no changes to how you enter the EU or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland until at least 31 December 2020. You will continue to be able to travel or work without a visa during this time.

"If there’s no deal, you will not need a visa for short trips, according to European Commission proposals. "You could stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, or to work or study."

Previous fears warned of a £6 US-style waiver after Brexit to go on their holiday, Theresa May admitted.

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