Will Brexit affect my holiday?
Our customers continue to book Leisuretime holidays to Europe for 2019 but some have questions about what might happen after 29 March 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union (EU).
The political process is still ongoing and we don't yet know the final outcome, however, there have been some reassurances recently and these are reflected in the ABTA frequently asked questions page.
What is your Brexit Guarantee?
Our unique Brexit Guarantee has been developed to give Leisuretime customers total peace of mind should there be no political agreement between the UK and the EU on Brexit before 29 March 2019.
The Leisuretime Brexit Guarantee:
- Once you have booked and paid your deposit, we guarantee the price of your holiday won’t increase as a result of Brexit.
- In the unlikely event of your holiday being withdrawn by us as a direct result of the disruption caused by a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, you will have two options:
- Transfer your holiday AND get £50
Transfer onto one or more alternative Leisuretime holidays, either within the UK or Europe and departing anytime during 2019 or 2020. Should you choose this option, our Brexit Guarantee means we will also provide you with Leisuretime vouchers to the value of £50 per adult.
- Get a refund
Alternatively, you will be able to obtain a full refund of all monies paid to us by you.
I’ve booked a holiday to Europe that departs after 29 March 2019 – will it still go ahead?
If the EU and the UK government reach a deal on Brexit, there will be a two year transition period. That means nothing changes until 31 December 2020 and there is no risk of your tour being cancelled as a result of Brexit.
In a ‘no-deal’ scenario there is a risk of disruption at the channel ports although the extent and duration of any disruption remain unclear.
In the unlikely event that we cannot operate any of our holidays to Europe due to this disruption, then as a Leisuretime customer, you will be able to take advantage of our unique Brexit Guarantee, details of which can be found here and on our website.
Will Brexit mean the cost of my holiday will increase?
No, an important part of our Brexit Guarantee is that once you have booked and paid your deposit, we guarantee the price of your holiday won’t increase, no matter what happens as a result of Brexit.
As our prices include transport, accommodation, meals, entrances and your excursions (and sometimes much more!), booking a Leisuretime coach holiday to Europe is a great way of making sure that your £ goes further than it might otherwise if you had to pay locally for some or all of these services.
Will I get a refund if my European Holiday is cancelled after Brexit?
If the EU and the UK government reach a deal on Brexit, there will be a two year transition period. That means nothing changes until 31 December 2020 and there is no risk of your 2019 holiday being cancelled by us as a result of Brexit.
However, should ‘no-deal’ be agreed between the UK and the EU by the 29th of March 2019 then there is a risk of disruption to our transport networks for a limited period of time.
Should there be significant transport disruption as a result of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit and in our judgement we are unable to operate the tour that you have booked to travel on, then we will notify you as soon as possible.
In the unlikely event of your holiday being withdrawn for these reasons, you will be able to take advantage of our unique Brexit Guarantee which gives you two options:
- Transfer onto one or more alternative Leisuretime holidays, either within the UK or Europe and departing anytime during 2019 or 2020. Should you choose this option, our Brexit Guarantee means we will also provide you with Leisuretime vouchers to the value of £50 per adult.
- Obtain a full refund of all monies paid to us by you.
Do I need to get a new passport following the Brexit vote?
No. However the UK government does recommend that if you have six months or less left on your passport from your date of arrival when travelling to the EU after 29 March 2019 then you should apply for a new passport in advance of travel.
For further details on the rules for passports and the countries affected, please visit the gov.uk Passport rules for travel to Europe page.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?
No, the European Commission has announced that even in a ‘no-deal’ scenario, British holidaymakers can still travel to the EU without a visa.
Will my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) still be valid after Brexit?
UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
ABTA recommends that travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance ahead of any trip, no matter where they are travelling to. For more information on our travel insurance, please visit our website or give us a call. You are of course free to purchase insurance from any provider.
What about using my mobile phone abroad? Will roaming charges increase following the Brexit vote?
Currently the cost of making calls, sending messages and using the Internet on your mobile phone while in the EU is the same as while in the UK. In a ‘no-deal’ scenario, these rules may no longer apply.
Some UK mobile phone providers are likely to continue to offer this to their customers after 29 March but this is by no means certain. We’d recommend you check with your provider before travelling.