Impact of Brexit on Ski Companies
We love diversity and debate. We have plenty of that at Skiworld and long may it continue! And of course we appreciate that many of our customers will have voted to leave the EU. We respect their opinions.
We also know that travel businesses such as ours will be substantially changed by leaving the EU. We are a dynamic company and we will of course step up and change what we need to. One of the changes we can already see coming is a reduction in the number of opportunities we are able to give to hundreds of young British citizens to work in the EU. These opportunities have for some turned into lifelong careers in not just the holiday industry but often in hospitality in the UK. For others, it has been their first significant job with training and responsibility and that opportunity has provided a springboard to other rewarding careers.
There are currently estimated to be 25,000 people working in our sector in the EU. We would rather not see these opportunities lost, or at best reduced, and so, in truth, we would rather stay in the EU.
We understand that our guests who have booked to travel, as well as those looking to book, may have some questions over the recent EU Referendum result, and how it could affect their ski holiday.
We are all aware that details of our departure from the EU are still to be finalised. So, we understand that you might feel the need to know where you stand if you are booking a holiday to Europe after the end of January.
As things stand at the moment, the good news is that whilst protocols for car insurance, data roaming and pet travel may be still uncertain, there are many things which are either unchanged or clear already.
Flights will still operate. Visas or ESTA-type arrangements for UK nationals are not needed (not until at least 2021 we understand). You do need, however, to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your planned date of arrival in the EU.
In the event of illness or injury whilst away, you will be covered as long as you have the appropriate travel insurance.
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) License number 2036 and you are 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 will be refunded in full.
We just wanted you to know that whatever the politics, your holiday is in safe hands.
Travel after 31 January 2020
If Parliament ratifies the Withdrawal Agreement before 31 January 2020, which it is on track to do, the UK will enter a transition period, meaning everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now until at least the end of December 2020.
Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020
Will flights still operate?
Yes. If a deal is agreed then we will be in a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same until the end of 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 my coach journey still operate?
Coaches will still be able to travel to and from the EU, and around EU countries as usual.
Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?
Trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate as usual.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?
No. UK travellers won’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit.
Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?
The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package – it is then the travel provider’s responsibility to make sure your holiday is provided and to offer an alternative or refund if it cannot be delivered.
It is important that whenever and wherever you travel that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do.
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. In the event of a Brexit deal, 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.
Advice on travel insurance can be found here.
As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This will not change 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.
Taking pets abroad
There will be no change in relation to taking pets abroad after 31 January 2020.
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.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.
Recently updated sections include the Entry requirements (Visas).
If you'd like to speak to one of our Ski Specialists, please call us on 0330 102 8004.