How to get ready for new travel rules in 2021. After Brexit life goes on and that includes making plans for holidays.   To help our customers understand what we know about your holidays in the European Union after Brexit we have put together the following article.   The article is correct at the time of being published but if you have any questions or would like to check any of the detail please do not hesitate to contact us, or check out our useful links where you will find links to web-sites that has addional information.   

What documents will I need? The main question most people want to know is whether or not they will need a visa to get to the EU. Once the transition period ends, tourists from the UK will be allowed to visit EU countries for up to 90 days in every 180 days without a visa, but they will not be allowed to work or study. The EU says this will remain the case for as long as the UK gives the same visa-free travel to EU citizens who want to visit the UK.  When it comes to travel to and from the Republic of Ireland, nothing will change. British and Irish citizens will still be able to the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.  Regarding passports, you should have at least 6 months left on your UK passport and it needs to be less than 10 years old, or you may not be able to travel.  If you're considering driving whilst you are on holiday, check if you need an International Driving Permit beforehand. You could get a fine or your vehicle could be seized if you drive without the correct documents. 

What about the European Health Insurance? What happens to your EHIC in the future will be decided in the negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship.  The government has warned that EHIC cards might not be valid from 2021 and has advised travellers to be sure to get the right travel insurance, especially if they have existing conditions. We always advise our customers to take out appropriate travel insurance with health cover before travelling.  You may not have access to free emergency medical treatment and could be charged for your healthcare if you do not get health cover with your travel insurance. Contact us for a travel insurance quote, 

What about my pets? Once the transition ends, the EU pet passports will no longer be valid.  The exact rules on what to do when travelling with your pet will depend on the future UK-EU deal. However, the UK will be able to apply to the European Commission to become a "listed country" under the EU pet travel laws. Being a listed country greatly eases travelling with pets.  The government is currently recommending that anyone with a pet and wanting to take them abroad with them to contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to make sure your pet or assistance dog is able to travel to the EU. 

Is anything changing with Duty Free? Duty-free shopping within the EU came to an end in 1999 and will not return during the transition.  Any changes after the transition will be determined by the EU-UK negotiations. 

Late summer & winter sun for those who missed out on a summer holiday. 

 
Ever-changing FCO advice and quarantine restrictions due to Covid-19 mean many customers have been too nervous to take an overseas holiday this year. And with so many customers missing out on summer holidays we, along with our travel partners are gearing up for late summer and winter sun holidays to be the new summer sun. 
 
A holiday abroad is still on many people's wish list but choosing where to go at this time can be a struggle due to the ongoing coronavirus situation in Europe and further afield, this is where we can help. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this disastrous outbreak, it is the undeniable value we can add to planning and booking your holiday. We have all seen the horror stories coming by way of social and mass media. Call hold times to online travel agencies (OTAs), airlines, and cruise lines are maxing out at 4+ hours, only to be disconnected as well as much worse stories 
We are doing everything we can for our clients, that is our job. Whether you have a holiday booked with us and have questions or whether you need guidance on where it is ‘safe’ to book a holiday to, look no further. We pride ourselves on the personalised service that we can provide that the larger giants and online agencies just cannot do. As travel agents, we are highly trained to research and match you with the perfect holiday. So, with the case of the coronavirus, we are doing everything we can to ensure our clients feel confident and safe when they book their holidays with us. 
 
There are still several European destinations and destinations further afield that are still within the "safe" perimeters to allow you to enjoy that well earnt holiday or short break. Not only that several of the travel partners we work with have ‘peace of mind’ policies in place which allow you to change your holiday if the situation changes. 
Here are just a few of those destinations that we think are ideal for a late summer or winter holiday or even a short break: 
 
- Greece 
- Turkey 
- Cyprus 
- Portugal (the Azores & Madeira only) 
- Italy 
- Barbados 
- Antigua 
- Maldives 
- Egypt 
- Norway 
- Germany 
 
(The above countries/places is not exhaustive and is correct at the time of publication. For the most up to date advice visit www.fco.gov.uk for that information.) 
 
Still unsure? Most, if not all hotels, tour operators and resorts have gone to great lengths to assure customers that health and safety is being taken seriously in their destination of choice. Hotels have ‘covid policies’ in place which can often be found on the hotels web-site for everyone to read. A stamp of approval has been introduced WTTC whereby this ‘Safe Travels stamp’ demonstrates what small regional tourist board or national organisations and their travel partners are doing to make their country or region as safe to visit as possible. 
 
For more information, to enquire about your next holiday and to book contact us on: 01237 488623 or email, info@bidefordtravel.co.uk. 
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