Following a global restriction against all but essential travel issued on 17 March, The Foreign and Commonwealth office has now extended the advice against travelling overseas for an indefinite period. For further advice please see www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Please find below an update on our policy.
All Classic customers who were overseas when UK advice changed have now returned home. We continue to work with our travel agent partners to assist customers due to travel in the future. Owing to the volume of calls and emails, our Customer Care team is working by departure date, in strict chronological order.
We continue to offer the following for customers that are looking to amend their holiday booking:
- Full refunds or free amendments on all bookings departing up to 14-days ahead on a rolling basis (except where FCO country specific advice is contrary).
- Free amendments for all Summer 2020 bookings*.
- Request that agents and direct customers email [email protected] to request an amendment or cancellation.
Our sales team remain ready to assist you with future holiday arrangements. Please note that this team will not be able to assist with any queries regarding existing bookings.
On behalf of everyone at Classic thank you for your patience and understanding at this challenging time, and for your continued support.
*Any increase in holiday cost will be applicable.
Below we have summarised answers to some of the more frequently asked questions raised by the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. We also suggest that you stay up-to-date by visiting Association of British Travel Agents’ (ABTA) website here.
Travel after 31 January 2020
Following ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK departed the EU on 31 January 2020. We are now in a transition period (also known as the ‘implementation period’) lasting until at least 31 December 2020. During this time, everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel without any changes.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU?
No. UK travellers do not require a visa to travel to the EU.
Can I still fly to Europe after the UK’s departure from the EU?
Yes. Everything will stay the same until at least 31 December 2020 and flights will continue as normal.
Will ferries and cruise ships still sail?
Ferry services and cruises will still sail as in any case the majority of the rules under which they operate are not based on EU rules, but are international.
Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?
Trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate as usual.
Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip.
European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.
ABTA has always advised holidaymakers and business travellers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC.
When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.
As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This has not changed following 31 January 2020. An International Driving Permit will not be required, and you do not need a GB sticker or a Green Card for car insurance.
Will I have free mobile data roaming in the EU after Brexit?
Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 January 2020.
More information please visit ABTA’s website here.
ABTA - The Travel Association
ABTA - Balcony Safe Campaign
Balcony Safe Campaign
ABTA - Swim Safe
ABTA - Fun in the Sun
ABTA - Holidays in the Snow
AITO - Association of Independent Tour Operators
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel
Travel Health Advice
UK Passport Service
The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations
CAA - Civil Aviation Authority
Data Protection Information
For customers in Ireland, see www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice for destination advice and, for vaccinations and health advice, visit www.hse.ie/portal/eng/health/az/T/Travel-health or check with your GP surgery or travel clinic.