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How to prepare for Brexit, whatever the outcome!

26/03/19 | Inside Travel Places, Business & Events, Sports, News


Whilst Brexit mayhem continues to grow and evolve around us, upcoming travel schedules for your organisations and events across the globe continue to be required, so what do you need to do to ensure you can still get to where you need to be whatever the outcome of Brexit?

Just a quick glimpse at the calendar for the next few weeks confirms it’s a busy old time of year. The Bahrain Grand Prix, Rome ePrix, Abu Dhabi Rally Cross, San Francisco SailGP, upcoming scheduled football fixtures and training camps as well as on-going media projects and assignments all occurring within the next few weeks. However, at the time of writing, it is still possible that the UK will leave the EU without a deal. If this were to happen the rights and status of a traveller when travelling to an EU country could change. Below we have outlined what you need to consider when travelling around this time.

1. Passports
When travelling to the EU after the 12th April 2019, ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months from your date of arrival. The government has developed a handy website tool to check the validity of your passport here.

2. Travel Insurance
In the event of a no-deal Brexit your European Health insurance Card (EHIC) – which allows any EU citizen to access state medical care – would no longer be valid. ABTA recommends taking out comprehensive travel insurance ahead of your trip, no matter where you are travelling to. Check with your employer to see whether you are effectively covered by their insurance.

3. Car Hire
Along with your full UK driving license, you will also need to provide an up-to-date International Driving Permit (IDP) when hiring a car for each of the named drivers. These cost £5.50 from The Post Office. In the run-up to Brexit, the Government has extended the network of Post Offices where you can apply for an International Driving Permit, find your nearest branch here.

4. Green Cards for car insurance
If you are driving your own car in the EU after Brexit you will be required to obtain and carry a physical Green Card in order for your UK car insurance to be applicable. These cards would be issued by insurers and you may be charged a small fee to cover administration costs. The trade body for the insurance industry – ABI – recommends you contact your car insurer at least one month in advance of travelling.

5. Travelling to work in the EU
The Government states,
“If the UK leaves with a deal, travel to the EU will remain the same as now until at least 31 December 2020. You will not need to apply for a visa to travel or work in the EU during this time. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the rules for travelling or working in Europe will change after 12 April 2019. You should check with the embassy of the country where you plan to travel for what type of visa if any, you will need. You can find information about entry requirements on our country-specific travel advice pages.”

6. Employees travelling to work in the UK
It is advised by the UK Government that arrangements for tourists and business visitors will not look any different. Although the underlying legal framework will change, EU citizens coming for short visits will be able to enter the UK as they can now, and stay for up to three months from each entry.

7. Using a bank card or other financial services
The Government has produced extensive recommendations for businesses around the use of financial services or banking in the EU in the case of a no-deal Brexit, click here to find out more.

8. Mobile use
At the moment, under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone whilst in the EU is the same as in the UK. In the case of a no-deal Brexit, these rules will no longer apply. Some mobile operators have said they may continue to offer this benefit to their customers so the best bet is to check with your mobile phone provider before you travel.

9. Disruption
At this time, where the outcome of Brexit is so unknown, we highly recommend giving yourself more time than usual when travelling to allow for any disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit. We have received confirmation that flights, ferries and coaches will continue as usual in the event of a no-deal. Trains from the UK to the EU are set to operate as usual but we recommend checking with us directly ahead of travel to ensure that there is no other additional information to be aware of.

If you have any questions or queries around Brexit and it’s possible implications to your planned travel, please do not hesitate to contact your Travel Places representative directly.

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