Brexit travel advice
Updated on February 11, 2020
As the UK and EU have ratified the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will leave the EU on January 31, 2020. The UK will then enter a transition period, during which everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now until at least the end of December 2020. Over this transition period:
- Flights, cruises and the Eurostar will continue to operate as usual
- UK travellers will not need a visa to travel to EU countries
- 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
- UK registered European Health Insurance Cards will continue to be valid. Please also note it is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for all ocean cruises and holidays outside mainland Britain to cover all contingencies (including medical expenses)
- There will be no additional charges for using your UK registered mobile phone within the EU.
Should I book my holiday before Brexit or wait until after?
Booking with us early guarantees you the best choice of holidays, tours and river cruises and ABTA has said there’s nothing to suggest that you will not be able to continue with your holiday plans after Brexit. Bookings are fully protected by ABTA and ATOL, so when you book with us you can do so with confidence.
Will I need a visa to travel to EU countries after Brexit?
After Brexit, you will not need a visa for short trips according to European Commission proposals. It is proposed that the visa-free rules will apply even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, provided the same is offered to European citizens visiting the UK. If a deal is reached, then the current rules won’t change until the end of the transition period (currently the end of December 2020).
Will flights still operate?
If a deal is agreed, we will be in a transition period meaning flights will continue as normal until the end of the transition period. Even if there is a no-deal Brexit, the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU and the UK government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines.
At border control, you may have 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 queuing.
What if my holiday is cancelled? Will I get my money back?
If you book a package, your holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning you have a right to a full refund if your holiday can no longer be provided.
Should I check my passport?
Yes. The UK government recommends you ensure that on the date of travel you have at least six clear months left on your passport and your passport is less than 10 years old (even if it has six months or more left). If you need to renew your passport, full details can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Will my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) be valid?
It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for all ocean cruises and holidays outside mainland Britain to cover all contingencies (including medical expenses). This is even more important now because in the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs may not be valid.
In the event of a deal, nothing will change until the end of the transition period.
All overseas holidays with Saga include optional travel insurance within the price, which will provide all the cover you need.
Will I still be able to use my mobile phone in the EU?
At present, there are no additional charges for using your UK registered mobile phone within the EU.
There is a possibility that charges may apply following a no-deal Brexit. Charges may differ depending on your network provider, and we would recommend you speak directly to your provider for the most up-to-date information.
I am travelling from Dover on Saga Sapphire or Spirit of Discovery
Dover is the gateway to Europe and in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it could be affected.
Please do rest assured that we have ongoing dialogue with the Port of Dover and assurance that they are confident the port will remain open to cruise, however, a backup plan is in place.
As a cruise customer, there are a number of included travel options available to you and in the event of a change of embarkation or disembarkation plan, we will of course rearrange all travel so that there is no disruption to your cruise with us.
We are regularly monitoring the potential impact on our itineraries. At this stage, we do not believe that there will be significant disruption at overseas ports and expect our itineraries to run without issue.