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Short answer: yes, you can. International air travel is based on numerous international treaties, and then on individual permits and permissions between countries. These cover everything from border control to airline safety. It is anticipated that keeping airline operations flowing smoothly will mean that everyone will honour temporary agreements after Brexit. There's absolutely nothing to suggest that any flights or holidays booked after Brexit won't take place. Though it's understandable, with the current political climate, that you may be asking - 'will my holiday be affected by Brexit?' - it's most likely that after 31st January 2020 flights will carry on as normal.

According to the UK Travel Association if a deal is agreed then we will be in a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same for the transition period and flights post-Brexit will continue as normal. Under existing contingency arrangements in a no-deal scenario the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU under contingency legislation. The UK Government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines. So feel assured your flight should go ahead as planned if you are travelling from the UK or you are an EU citizen travelling to the UK after Brexit.

How will Brexit affect package holidays?

After Brexit, your consumer rights remain the same if you have purchased a package holiday. They stay exactly the same if your travel agent is a British-based business. If they're based abroad, it is worth checking with the agent that the terms and conditions have remained the same as pre-Brexit. One thing worth checking for foreign-based agents is the insolvency procedures.

Current deal details also suggest that British passport holders can still use their valid British passports, and won't need any further documentation for the time being. If you are less concerned about holidays and more concerned about how Brexit will affect UK business travellers, then this still applies. Check out our guide for further information on how your passport will need to change after Brexit. The cooperative health care card (EHIC) will most likely not stay in place for Brits when the UK formally pulls out of the EU. It looks like the compensation scheme for airline delays and cancellations will remain the same, but it's worth checking with your travel insurance provider for their terms on disruptions.

Holiday Extras Brexit Disruption Cover

At Holiday Extras we want to ensure that no matter where and when you're travelling, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, you can have enhanced protection. That's where Holiday Extras Brexit Disruption Cover comes in.

Brexit Disruption Cover is available as an add-on to your travel insurance policy. To book, simply complete your initial travel insurance booking and select Brexit Disruption Cover from the list of optional add-ons. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to speak to someone, call our Kent-based call centre on 0800 316 0104, and one of our agents can talk you through the process. For a complete rundown, visit our Brexit Disruption cover page.

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Holiday prices after Brexit

The largest impact Brexit may have on holiday prices will likely be in the exchange rate for the pound. The value of the pound weakened immediately after the referendum in 2016 and the state of the deal is likely to have an impact on the eventual rate. Package holiday holders benefit somewhat from having their holidays pre-purchased, with the only currency fluctuations affecting their spending money - time will tell in terms of how holiday prices could be affected by Brexit.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

If the UK secures a dealthen there will be no changes to how you enter the EU or its Member States for a transition period at least. The good news is that even in the event of a no-deal or 'hard Brexit' you will not need to worry about a visa for short trips to the EU. You will be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You may need a visa or permit, once we finally exit the European Union, to stay or work for longer than this period of time though. If you're an Irish citizen you'll still be able to enter to study or work in the UK without needing a visa, regardless of if there is a deal or not.

Please check out our Brexit and visas guide to find out more.

Should I still book a holiday after Brexit?

Booking holidays after Brexit shouldn't feel like a hassle. The good news is that half-term falls before the end of October, so if you are truly concerned about your travel post-Brexit you can still book a family break and be back before Brexit actually happens. If you're really keen to book a holiday post-Brexit though you will be joining the millions of people that have already done so.

According to The Association of British Travel Agents, the leading industry body, the total holiday bookings for the period post-Brexit are up by 12% on last year which proves Brexit isn't putting people off booking. Holidays to Europe are just as popular as ever and there's no need to be deterred by the current political climate - the show still goes on!

All information correct as of November 2019. Sources include the UK Government website and The Association of British Travel Agents website.


If you found this page about booking flights post-Brexit useful, then read through a few of our other top Brexit guides for further information to help you navigate this period of time as smoothly as possible.


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