As of the 1st January 2021, the UK has left the EU. Here’s what you need to know before travelling with us in 2021:
Passports: You'll need to ensure that you have at least six months validity left on your passport when returning from EU countries. You can check whether your passport will need renewing for your trip here: https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-travel-europe-1-january-2021. You may also be required to provide your evidence of your return ticket and that you have enough currency for your holiday when arriving in your destination.
Travel Disruption: When entering and exiting countries, it is your responsibilty to give yourself extra time to get through the immigration queues in the airports as there will be delays. We may have to organise our transfers slightly to help with this and ensure that you have extra time.
Driving in the EU: If you are self-driving to resort and taking your own car, your UK driving licence will be recognised. Even if you have a GB and Euro symbol on your number plate, you must make sure that you display a “GB” sticker on your vehicle. If you are hiring a car, ensure you have a green card. In both cases you must make sure that you have the relevant international driving insurance with your chosen provider.
EHIC Cards and Travel Insurance: Under a new agreement with the EU, UK residents are now able to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your current European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) has expired. This will give you access to emergency and medically necessary healthcare in the EU during your holiday. You can still use your EHIC card, excluding Switzerland and Norway, if it is still valid and in date and as part of our terms and conditions, you must also still hold valid travel insurance to cover your personal circumstances, (pre-existing conditions, etc). In Norway, you can show your UK Passport to receive limited urgent healthcare.
Data Roaming: Free data roaming will cease, therefore you need to be aware of any additional charges for using your phone and data abroad. Most of our properties have complimentary Wi-Fi for guests to use, but please remember that this is for social usage only.
ATOL & ABTA: As we are an ATOL and ABTA bonded UK travel company, guests booking with us enjoy comprehensive consumer protection. Your holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, which means you have the right to a full refund if, for any reason, we can no longer provide your holiday.
Visas: There are no current plans to implement necessary visas to travel in Europe in 2021, but if that changes we will ensure you are made aware before travelling with us.
The UK government and ABTA have also put together some useful information about holidaying in the EU after the 31st January 2020. These resources can be found below:
ABTA advice for travellers: https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers
Guidance for UK nationals travelling to the EU: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-nationals-travelling-to-eu-essential-information
Healthcare for UK nationals visiting the EU: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-residents-visiting-the-eueea-and-switzerland-healthcare