Travel experts issue advice on how Brexit will affect our holidays in 2020

Holidaymakers have been issued new guidance about travelling to the EU after Brexit. The UK will leave the European Union on January 31 and ABTA, the travel industry's trade association, has issued new advice before the country severs ties with the continent. It comes as the travel industry tries to reassure tourists that their summer holiday plans will not be thrown into turmoil by Brexit, Manchester Evening News reports[1] .

Previous guidance had suggested that there could be immediate changes to passport validity and health care - with driving licences and the ability to take pets abroad among the things at risk of being affected. But the body now says that it expects arrangements for those issues, as well as European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) to remain the same as they currently are for British passport holders "at least until the end of December". ABTA says: "If Parliament ratifies the Withdrawal Agreement before 31 January 2020, which it is on track to do, the UK will enter a transition period, meaning everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now until at least the end of December 2020."

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on January 31

ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said: "The UK is primed to enter a new Brexit phase from January 31 when trade talks begin, and when it does nothing will change when it comes to travel.

"This means that valid passports can still be used, EHIC cards will still be valid and the same gates can be used at border checkpoints. "People can continue to make their travel plans with confidence that things won't change until at least the end of 2020. "As the UK's most trusted travel association, ABTA has been actively providing advice to travellers throughout the Brexit process and will continue to do so as the longer term relationship with the EU becomes clearer."

ABTA has published answers to frequently asked questions posed from British tourists who plan on holidaying in the EU after Brexit. Generally, the advice is that travel within the EU will not change for UK holidaymakers during the transition period between January 31 and the end of 2020:

Planes, trains, coaches and ferries

ABTA says flights will operate as normal during the transition period, which is expected to last throughout the remainder of 2020. Ferries and cruise ships will sail as normal, as many operate under international rules.

Coaches will still be able to travel to and from the EU and around EU countries, as will Eurostar trains which connect the Britain to the mainland EU and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.

Driving

Full UK driving licences will still be valid in the EU after January 31, 2020, at least for the transitional period which will last until the end of the calendar year. Full licence holders will not require an international permit, GB sticker of green card for insurance to use their vehicle in the EU.

Visas

UK travellers will not require visas to go to the EU in 2020.

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Passports

All valid passports can still be used. Travellers will not need to have at least six months left on their passport, as long as it's valid for the whole trip, UK travellers can use their passport to go to the EU.

Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?

ABTA says: "The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package - it is then 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."

European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

In the event of a Brexit deal, UK registered EHIC cards will still give you the right to state medical care in another EU country.

Taking pets abroad

There will be no change in relation to taking pets abroad after January 31, 2020.

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