Brexit 2019-03-15T11:17:20+00:00

Brexit

Find out all you need to know about how a no-deal Brexit may affect your travel.

At Click we’ve got a dedicated team working on all things Brexit and we are continually monitoring how it could affect our customers, including the possible impact of a no deal. We are also CBI members and are taking advantage of their lead position on Brexit negotiations and using their senior team to work with on Brexit preparedness. The team at Click are here to ensure that Brexit has the lowest possible impact on your travel plans.

If we leave the EU on 29th March with a deal in place, the transition period (which will start on 30th March) will mean that the laws currently governing the UK should remain in place until December 2020. This will mean that on the whole, life and business should continue as it is now during this transition period and therefore there should be little impact on your business travel.

The advice below relates to certain areas of business travel that may be affected if we leave Europe without a deal.

In short, yes. The Government has said that passengers can book flights after March 29th with confidence. Along with the European Commission, our Government has confirmed certain measures which mean that flights will continue between the UK and Europe even if we leave the EU without a deal.

This is positive news but as always we want to reassure you that in the unlikely event of any flight disruption we will support our customers and help work towards alternative travel arrangements.

The good news is that regardless of whether we leave the EU with a deal or not, we will still be able to claim compensation for delayed flights like we could before (if we want to get technical, this is because EU Passenger Rights Legislation will be incorporated into UK law when we leave as part of the Withdrawal Act)

The bad news is that this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get compensation if your flight is affected as a result of Brexit. This is because compensation is only considered if disruption or delay was within the airlines control/the airline’s fault. It’s likely that if flights are disrupted as a result of Brexit, the cost of the ticket will be refunded by the airline but further compensation will not available. To add to this, the Government have also indicated that it’s the down to passengers to make sure their insurance and ticket terms are sufficient to cover any disruption.

The advice in this situation would be to check the Terms and Conditions of individual airlines to see if Brexit would be covered for any compensation claims. It is also worth considering upgrading your travel insurance policy and again checking the terms to see if it would cover disruption related to Brexit.

One great thing about EU membership is that we can travel to Europe freely until the date of expiry on our passports.

Sadly, these passport rules will change if we leave the EU without a deal and so you may need to renew your passport. The Government has said that passports should have at least 6 months of validity remaining (and be no older than 9 years and 6 months). If your passport does not match these rules then you could be denied entry into Europe.

We recommend taking a look at this Government tool to check your passport for travel to Europe and whether you need to renew it.

Note – Travel to Ireland is subject to separate Common Travel Area arrangements which will remain the same after the UK leaves the EU.

Being an EU member means that UK citizens can travel freely to and within Europe without requiring a Visa and hopefully this will remain the case even if we leave without a deal.

The European Commission has agreed visa-free travel to the EU for UK nationals (for short stays of up to 90 days in a 180 day period) as long as the UK agrees the reverse for EU citizens.

The only thing that might change, but you wouldn’t have to worry about this until 2021, is that we may require an ETIAS (like the ESTA required for travel to America – essentially an electronic travel document) to travel in Europe. At the moment it is said to be €7 for a 3 year period.

Note – Travel to Ireland is subject to separate Common Travel Area arrangements which will remain the same after the UK leaves the EU.

At the moment, EU membership allows cross-border rail services like Eurostar to function smoothly between the UK and countries like France, Belgium and the Netherlands (for various reasons to do with rail documentation and rail licences). There are fears that if we cannot form separate agreements with these countries then there could be some disruption to Eurostar trains.

The Government have said that they are working hard to form these agreements to prevent disruption but have also said that it’s the passengers responsibility to make sure their insurance and ticket terms are sufficient to cover possible disruption.

The advice in this situation is to consider upgrading potential travel insurance policies and checking the terms to see if it would cover disruption related to Brexit. As always we want to reassure you that if there is disruption to any Eurostar bookings as a result of Brexit, we will support our customers and help work towards alternative travel arrangements.

Licences and Documentation:

Currently, all that UK citizens need in order to drive in the EU is their UK driving licence. If we leave Europe without a deal this could change and drivers may also need an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with their UK licence.

IDP’s will cost £5.50 but luckily you can apply for them through the Post Office. There are two different types of permit depending on which country you are visiting; to check which type you need you can go to the Post Office site or you can read more Government advice about it here.

Insurance:

If we leave without a deal and you plan on taking your car to the EU you may also need a ‘Green Card’ (but not if you are renting a car locally, so don’t worry on that front all you’ll need is the IDP). A Green Card is a physical document that you will need to carry to prove that you have sufficient insurance when driving in Europe.

In order to get a Green card, you will need to contact your insurer.

*As the political situation changes, so may this information. Please be aware that this information is only reflective of the current advice that has been issued by the Government in the event of a no deal. Our Brexit working party are updating this page regularly.

We are here to help you no matter what the result of Brexit

As more information becomes available and the situation develops we will be working with all of our customers to support and help assist with travel plans, whatever the result of Brexit.

For the official Government advice on preparing for a no deal scenario and the areas which could be affected, you can check out the following resources:

UK government’s preparations for a no-deal scenario
How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no-deal

If you have any other queries please contact: brexit@clicktravel.com