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EU Holidays Post-Brexit

Now the UK has left the EU, it is important to start thinking about the extra steps you may need to take now to be ready for your holiday. Best not to leave these to the last minute!

When planning a trip and before you travel, please also check the Foreign Office advice for the destination you are visiting.

Anything I need to be aware of in relation to my passport?

If you are travelling to anywhere in the EU, Norway or Switzerland you must check there is enough time left on your passport. You need to have six months from the return date of your trip left on your passport, and it must be less than 10 years old. (This has always been and still is the case if you are travelling to the US or Canada).

What about when I arrive in the EU for my ski holiday?

  • It is likely you will need to use a different immigration lane now (as opposed to using the EU or EEA lanes as we did previously) and so there may be more queuing than before.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of your return to the UK and also that you have enough money to last for your holiday.
  • You will not be able to take any meat, milk or any products containing these into the EU. There are exceptions for baby food or pet food required for medical reasons.

Do I need to get different insurance?

It has always been a condition of booking a holiday with Skiworld that you have adequate winter sports insurance that covers all aspects of your holiday. This particularly important now.

Leaving the EU means that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is being phased out. If your EHIC is still in date, you can continue to use this and you should ensure that you have this with you when you travel.

When your EHIC expires you will need to replace it with a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This should also cover you for medical treatment in EU countries but neither card is a replacement for good ski travel insurance.

Will I need a visa for my ski holiday?

If you are a UK citizen travelling to the EU, Norway or Switzerland for less than 90 days, you will not need a visa.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

What if my holiday is a driving holiday?

If you are driving your own car in the EU, you will need:
  • Green Card for your vehicle insurance to be valid in the EU. These physical cards are available from your insurer and you should apply for this at least five weeks before travel.
  • GB sticker for your car
  • You may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) which is available from your Post Office. Please also check with your insurer and visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Any other changes relating to Brexit?

  • Roaming charges – Rules around mobile data roaming are changing meaning you may face charges when using your phone abroad, including for making calls, sending messages or using the internet. Check with your mobile phone provider about their data roaming policy.
  • Your pet passport will no longer be valid. If you wish to take your pet abroad you will need to speak to your vet at least four months before you travel. For more information  visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

We also recommend you read: ABTA's Brexit Advice for Travellers

What is important to remember is that you are booking with Skiworld – a full member of ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents), holding CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) ATOL License number 2036 and you are also protected by the Package Travel Regulations.

So, in the very unlikely event that we are unable to operate your holiday, you will not lose the money you have paid to us and you will be refunded in full.

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has updated the travel advice for all European and EEA countries with information and advice for British Nationals travelling to or living in an EU country. We recommend that you read the advice for the country you will visiting.

Austria: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria

France: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france

Italy: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy

Switzerland: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland

If you'd like to speak to one of our Ski Specialists, please call us on 0330 102 8004.

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