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How will Brexit affect my holiday?

11 Apr 2019 | 22:23

The UK is now scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October 2019.

For those who are thinking about travel plans from November 2019, the political process is still ongoing, but as both the European Union and the UK government have said that flights to and from the UK will operate as normal in any Brexit outcome, you can book with confidence.

You can find further helpful tips and information on the ABTA frequently asked questions page.

We’d like to reassure you that your Thomas Cook holiday will remain unchanged and making sure you have a great holiday this summer remains our number one priority.

 

Customer Q&As

I’ve booked a holiday for this year – will it still go ahead?

If the EU and the UK government reach a deal on Brexit, there will be a two year transition period. That means nothing changes until 31 December 2020.

Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said flights to and from the UK will operate as normal so we are confident that Thomas Cook will be able to offer all our package holidays as planned.

 

Will I get a refund if my flight is cancelled after Brexit?

If the EU and the UK government reach a deal on Brexit, there will be a two year transition period. That means nothing changes until 31 December 2020.

Even in a no-deal scenario, we expect all flights to continue to operate as normal because the European Commission has confirmed 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.

If you book a Thomas Cook package holiday you are protected under the Package Travel Regulations. This means you will be entitled to a full refund should your holiday not go ahead.

If you book flight-only and for any reason your flight is cancelled as a result of Brexit, you are entitled to a full refund – though flight delay compensation under EU261 will not apply.

 

Do I need to get a new passport following the Brexit vote?

If you’re planning on travelling to Europe, you might need to renew your passport earlier than planned.  We would advise that all UK travellers check the expiry date of their passport when booking travel arrangements, and ensure that there will be at least six months’ validity left on it from the intended date of travel.

Before you travel, please use this HM Passport Office tool to check you have enough time left on your UK passport. For further details on the rules for passports and the countries affected, please visit the gov.uk Passport rules for travel to Europe page.

 

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

No, the European Commission has announced that even in a no-deal scenario, British holidaymakers can still travel to the EU without a visa.

 

Will my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) still be valid after Brexit?

UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

ABTA recommends that travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance ahead of any trip, no matter where they are travelling to. For more information on our travel insurance, please visit Thomas Cook Money. You are of course free to purchase insurance from any provider.   

 

What about using my mobile phone abroad? Will roaming charges increase following the Brexit vote?

Currently the cost of making calls, sending messages and using the Internet on your mobile phone while in the EU is the same as while in the UK. In a no-deal scenario, these rules will no longer apply.

However, some UK mobile phone providers may continue to offer this to their customers. We’d recommend you check with your provider before travelling.

 

I've booked a Cruise, will it still go ahead if there's a no EU Exit deal?

If there is no EU Exit deal, cruise operations will continue on the same basis as today. Customers who embark on a cruise at a UK port will continue to be protected by the EU regulation on maritime passengers’ rights, which will be brought into UK law.

Customers should take out appropriate travel insurance, check and understand the terms and conditions of their booking, and check with their cruise line and insurance provider if they have any questions.

We would also advise that all UK travellers check the expiry date of their passport when booking travel arrangements, and ensure that there is at least six months’ validity at time of travel. In addition, we would suggest you use this HM Passport Office tool to check you have enough time left on your UK passport. For further details on the rules for passports and the countries affected, please visit the Passport rules for travel to Europe page.

 

*Brexit Price Guarantee Terms: No surcharge guarantee applies only to package holidays operated by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Ltd that include flights on Thomas Cook Airlines.  Even if our costs increase as a result of Brexit, we won’t apply any surcharges to the cost of your Thomas Cook holiday once your booking has been confirmed by us.  If you amend or cancel your booking, normal amendment/cancellation charges will apply.  Guarantee applies to the basic holiday cost excluding optional extras.  This offer can be withdrawn/altered at any time without notice.  Holidays are operated by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Ltd, ATOL 1179, ABTA V6896.