What does Brexit mean for mid-term vacation plans


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Announcements from holiday companies are still urging you to drag your family on a European city vacation during mid-term holidays.

Yet the minds of many potential vacationers are somewhat confused by Brexit. The government's scheduled exit day is October 31st, Thursday in the middle of some schools' autumn break.

The concern is neatly summarized in the Mumsnet parents' chat room bulletin board, where a post says: "I don't want to spend a lot of money and then point out the whole vacation to go back"

In response, some argue that they still intend to travel, including one that has delayed the trip since March due to the Brexit scheduled date, while others claim they will stay home.

The operators of the European Consumer Center in the United Kingdom claim to receive questions from interested consumers every day about their rights.

So, what do you have to think about, assuming – in line with the government's intention, but not the Parliament – that the UK will leave the EU on October 31st?

Currency and value of the pound

Getting the most out of your pounds when you change them into euros seems to be a matter of timing – but nobody can tell you when it's the best time to trade. This graph shows how the pound went against the euro.

One certainty is that the worst rates are given to those who leave it at the last minute and use an exchange office at the airport or train and ferry terminal.

Currency experts claim that the pound could slip in value if an exit without a UK-EU withdrawal agreement seems likely, but will increase in value if an agreement can be reached.

At the moment, vacationers can trade at almost the same rate they would have at the start of the summer holidays and at the same time last year.

Changing £ 100 during most of last week would have taken you to just over € 111, about € 1.46 less than October 31st 2018 and € 1.63 more than this year's July 31st. according to data compiled for the BBC by the Equals exchange company. This rate has improved by the end of the week.

Sterling's fluctuation in the last five years means you would have had € 4.95 less in August last year, but € 32.65 more in July 2015.

If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, the use of a British bank card to pay for things in the EU after October 31 could become more expensive due to additional cross-border bank charges.

Passports and visas

Travelers are much more likely to visit Europe than anywhere else, due to cost, distance and simplicity.

Anyone on holiday abroad after 31 October must verify that the passport has been valid for six months and that it is not older than 10 years.

This is relevant when visiting most countries in Europe – the the complete list is here. The trip to Ireland will not change, even if there is no agreement. You can continue traveling and work there as before.

It is probably already too late to renew a passport in the normal time – it usually takes three weeks. On the contrary, there is a faster and more expensive premium service.

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No visa will be required for stays up to 90 days outside any 180-day period in the EU or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (the European Economic Area). However, a longer visa or residence permit may be required.

When it comes to a passport check after October 31, the government informs that vacationers have proof of a return or forward ticket, being able to prove they have enough money for the trip (but must declare cash of £ 10,000 or more), and be ready to queue in a different channel than the EU you might be used to. You may also have to wait longer.

Illness and accidents – will a TEAM still work?

When family members have had an accident or become ill, holidaymakers in the UK have used their European Health Insurance Card to access free medical care.

In the case of Brexit without agreement, it is likely that the TEAM is not valid. If there is an agreement or an agreement after a Brexit without agreement, its validity, or otherwise, would be contained in the text.

For those traveling to Spain in particular, a health agreement has already been concluded, so all UK tourists traveling there, after a scenario without agreements, would still be covered as before.

Separate agreements have also been agreed with Portugal and the Irish Republic which, immediately after an exit, will accept a passport from UK tourists to ensure that they can receive healthcare as before.

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Whatever the result, people traveling immediately after October 31st are informed by the government to make sure they have adequate travel insurance.

This means a policy that would cover them not only for accidents, but also for any pre-existing health problems (which may require a specialized policy). This could be a big problem for people who, for example, need kidney dialysis.

Transportation and driving in the EU

The government states that the flights, ferries and cruises, the Eurostar and Eurotunnel and the bus and coach services between the UK and the EU will continue to function normally, regardless of the exit arrangements of the United Kingdom.

Some bus services to countries outside the EU, such as Switzerland or Andorra, may not be able to function in a no-deal scenario.

There is a possibility of interruption on some roads while still in the United Kingdom if there is a Brexit without bargain. There are plans in place for the trucks if they are delayed as they pass through the ports, but any spillover could mean delays for vacationers.

Insurers state that reimbursements or alternative provisions for Brexit cancellations will primarily be the responsibility of travel providers or credit and debit cards, and only subsequently persons with policies that include coverage of trip interruptions. they can file a complaint.

Anyone driving their vehicle after October 31, in the absence of agreements, will need a GB sticker and a "green card". This is actually a document made of green paper from your insurer who has proof of insurance on it. Those who tow a trailer or caravan will need two.

Generally, it takes a month to receive a green card, so anyone who has left it too late may need to purchase a local insurance for the duration of the stay.

All motorists – who take their vehicle or hire one – may need an international driving permit (IDP) while driving in some, but not all, EU countries (you can check if you have any need on the website of the post office) in the case of Brexit without agreements.

The additional expense – an IDP costs £ 5.50 – can be mitigated by the opportunity to purchase duty-free alcohol or tobacco on return in a bargain-free scenario.

Call home and use mobile data

The rules of "wandering like at home" should end after a Brexit without bargain. Once again, if there is an agreement, it will have to be included in any agreement.

The current regulations, in force since June 2017, mean that there are no additional costs for making or receiving calls and using data from the household allowance while you are in the EU.

If it no longer applies, the use of a mobile or tablet on vacation after October 31 could, in theory, become more expensive.

In practice, competitive pressures indicate that large network operators say they have no plans to return to roaming charges, no matter what happens.

Bring the dog on vacation

Even if you have a pet passport for the EU, this would no longer be valid if the UK leaves without an agreement.

Since completion takes about four months all the requirements necessary for travel of pets by a so-called unlisted country, which would become the United Kingdom, so pets will not arrive in any semester, or even at Christmas, they will break with an owner again to begin that process.

If there is an agreement or an extension of the UK membership, the pet passport should still be accepted.

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