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Brexit Travel Advice for Skiers

We understand that our guests who have booked to travel, as well as those looking to book, may have some questions about Brexit, and how it could affect their ski holiday. 

If you are planning to travel after 1 January 2021, it is important you start thinking about any extra steps you may need to take now to be ready for your trip.

It’s also important that you check our COVID-19 Travel Advice pages about how the coronavirus pandemic may affect your travel plans. When planning a trip and before you travel, please also check the Foreign Office advice for the destination you are visiting. You do also need 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 also recommend you read: ABTA’s Brexit: Advice for travellers.

ABTA Advice

Common questions about travel after 31 January 2021

UK holidaymakers will still be able to travel to Europe. However, there are some extra steps you may need to take now to be ready for your trip next year. The UK Government has advice for people travelling to the EU after Brexit.

Will flights still operate?

  • Both the UK Government and the European Commission have reiterated that flights will continue to operate between the UK and the EU after Brexit

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.  At border control, you may need to: show a return or onward ticket, show you have enough money for your stay and use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing.

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 cond

Will flights still operate?

  • Both the UK Government and the European Commission have reiterated that flights will continue to operate between the UK and the EU after Brexit

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. At border control, you may need to: show a return or onward ticket,  show you have enough money for your stay and use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing.

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. itions or activities you plan to do.

Passports

  • Check to see if your passport will still be valid. If you have a British passport, you will need to have at least six months left on your passport and your passport must have been issued within the last 10 years. You can use the Government’s passport checker to see if you need to renew your passport.

European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

  • The European Health Insurance Card may not be valid from 1 January 2021. You will need to take out comprehensive travel insurance with sufficient healthcare cover, including cover for existing medical conditions and any activities you plan to do.  Advice on travel insurance can be found here.

Driving 

DRIVING PERMITS

  • If you plan to drive in Europe, you may need an International Driving Permit for the areas you plan to drive in. You may need more than one depending on where you are visiting. Each permit costs £5.50 and is available from certain branches of the Post Office.
  • Find out more about getting an International Driving Permit.

GREEN CARDS FOR INSURANCE

  • If you are driving your own car in Europe, you may need to obtain and carry a physical Green Card for your UK car insurance to be valid in the EU. These cards will be available from your car insurance provider, but you may be charged a small fee to cover administration costs. 

GB CAR STICKERS

  • You may need a GB sticker for your own car when driving in the EU after the transition period ends.

Taking pets abroad

  • 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 gov.uk.

Data roaming

  • 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. 

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.
  •   Recently updated sections include the Entry requirements (Visas).

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.

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. 

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