With the UK being on track to leave the EU on January 31st the transition period that will last until December 2020 is raising serious queries for those wanting to travel within the EU during this period! The travel trade association (also known as ABTA) has offered some advice to those wanting to travel after we have left the EU! 
 
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. 
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. 
Passports 
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 
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. 
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. 
For more information regarding Post-Brexit Travel, visit https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers 
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