Holidaymakers given boost by Brexit delay

Holidaymakers can postpone their concerns about Brexit after the European Union agreed to extend the deadline to October 31st, 2019.

The UK was originally set to leave the EU on March 29th but after prime minister Teresa May failed to get an exit plan approved by the House of Commons, EU leaders have extended the deadline to the autumn. It means that the government has more time to agree a deal that satisfies both the UK and the EU.

Among the numerous unanswered questions as to the future of the UK outside the EU, there were growing concerns for holidaymakers planning to visit in the coming months. The extension has helped to alleviate some of the fears and means Brits can travel Europe without any new restrictions being imposed due to Brexit.

The decision has been welcomed by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) which stated that the ruling “provided absolute certainty that all current arrangements for travel will remain as they are today”.

ABTA confirmed that British travellers will still be entitled to state medical care with an up-to-date European Health Insurance Card, pet passports will remain valid, and they will be able to pass through airports and ports as usual and will retain consumer rights and benefits from EU laws including airline compensation for cancellations or delays. Mobile roaming charges will also be free from additional costs.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA, said: “The Brexit extension provides certainty for people’s travel plans going into the summer, meaning they can continue to book and travel without the uncertainties that come with a no-deal Brexit. 

“While many people have already made their holiday plans for this summer, booking early to get the holiday of their choice, others have been waiting to see what happens with Brexit. This announcement should give people total confidence to book their holidays and travel arrangements.”

The Brexit extension follows from the European Parliament providing a major boost to British holidaymakers by approving legal changes to ensure UK citizens can travel to Europe without a visa, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Should the UK “crash out of Europe” on October 31st, holidaymakers and travellers will still be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period with the need for a visa.

If you want to know more about the impact of Brexit on UK holidaymakers read ABTA’s advice here – https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers