Before you travel
Please seek up to date advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice about travel to, and within, your chosen destination. Please pay particular attention to any entry requirements; whether there is any need to provide a medical certificate, complete a specific form or undergo testing for Coronavirus Covid-19 before departing from the UK or on arrival at your destination.
You will be required to wear a suitable protective facemask at various parts of your journey: on public transport, private transfers, at your departure and arrival airports, and onboard planes, trains and ferries. New measures have been introduced at airports, railway stations and ports, such as readily available hand sanitiser stations. Transport will be frequently disinfected. Food and drink services throughout your journey may be unavailable or limited.
As it is preferable for boarding passes to be presented on a mobile device, rather than as a print-out, we would recommend that you check-in online prior to starting your journey. Additional checks may be in place, so give yourself plenty of time to get through airports, railway stations and ports.
We strongly suggest that you check the websites of airports, airlines, rail providers and ports relevant to your holiday, for the most up-to-date information before you travel.
At your destination
As our destinations re-open we remain committed to ensuring that all our guests can enjoy their holiday, whilst respecting the safety and well-being of everyone involved. Given the existence of new health and hygiene requirements certain amenities and facilities may be limited or unavailable. Your transfer to and from your accommodation may be in a larger vehicle, or it may be necessary for your party to travel in separate vehicles. Not all the facilities mentioned in our brochures will necessarily be available. Social distancing measures, mandatory health screening and temperature checks may be in place in your accommodation, surrounding resort areas and on beaches. You may be required to wear a protective facemask in certain areas and at certain times. Restaurants, swimming pools, spas, gyms, children’s clubs and watersports services may be affected.
We are working hard to provide as much up to date information as possible, to enable you to enjoy your holiday, whilst remaining safe. Protective facemasks should be replaced every 4 hours so please ensure that you have an adequate supply for all members of your party.
Please do not travel if you have symptoms of Covid-19.
Where we are made aware of any changes which we believe might have a significant impact on your holiday, we will endeavour to let you know. However, changes may be implemented at any time and at short notice. We ask for your understanding if we have omitted to inform you of any change.
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.