We understand you may be anxious to find out more about what may happen with Brexit, to help you plan your holiday. The good thing to know is that the European Commission has said that planes leaving from the UK will still be allowed to fly over the territory of the European Union, even in a no-deal scenario. So you can rest assured that your flight should still go ahead as planned. Here at TUI, we’ll continue to operate our holidays to all of our fantastic destinations, including those within the EU, so you can still book holidays with us in confidence.
You can rest assured that, regardless of the Brexit outcome, planes will still be able to fly between the UK and the EU. When and if a deal is agreed, we’ll go into a transition period, meaning everything will stay as it is until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. Even in the case of a no-deal scenario, the European Commission and UK government have said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU. The UK government has also agreed that airlines operating out of the EU will be able to fly into the UK.
On 4th April 2019 the European Parliament approved legal changes to ensure that UK citizens will not need a visa to travel to the EU for short stays after Brexit – even in the event of a no-deal exit. ABTA is also providing advice to travellers about visiting the EU after Brexit, with the latest information available at: abta.com/Brexit.
There is nothing to suggest that you won’t be able to continue with your holiday plans after 31st October. Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission and UK government have said flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate. Customers who book a package holiday with a UK travel company can relax knowing that they’ve got the most comprehensive protection as a consumer. If you book a package, your holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning you’ll have the right to a full refund if your holiday can no longer be provided.
For all customers who have holidays booked with us from 31st October 2019 onwards, we advise you make sure your passports are valid for at least 6 months after your departure date, which will ensure you are able to travel in the event of a no-deal Brexit. These regulations will apply to adults and children. Also, if your last passport was renewed before it expired, extra months will have been added to your new passport and these may not count towards the six-month minimum. We strongly advise you check your passport and renew it if necessary, so that your TUI holiday is not affected in the scenario of a no-deal Brexit. You can do this on the government’s website.
No, but it’s important to have full travel insurance any time you travel. Booking a package holiday gives you extra protection, as it’s the travel provider’s responsibility to make sure your holiday goes ahead. They’ll offer an alternative or a refund if it can’t be delivered.
If you have a full UK driving licence you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This is likely to change in a no-deal scenario and UK travellers looking to drive in the EU on or after 31st October 2019 may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit which is available directly from the Post Office. Please note which permit is required for each country you intend to drive within, as you may need more than one permit to comply with the law. The Government is also advising that you will need a GB sticker for your car. For Full information visit gov.uk/euexit and the ABTA website.