Will Brexit affect my travel plans?

Although Brexit remains far from sorted, the agreed extension of Article 50 until the end of October does mean that you can book and travel to France or Spain safe in the knowledge that all arrangements remain the same as they are today.

When travelling to France or Spain before the 31 October 2019:

  • British passports will still be valid
  • You will not need a Visa to travel
  • You will not need an International Driving Permit 
  • You will not need a Green Card for your car insurance 
  • If you have a  pet passport, it is still valid for travel before 31 October

Be assured

As part of our responsibility to respond to customer enquiries we’ve created the following Brexit Q&A’s which will hopefully allay any remaining concerns you may have about sailing with us, so you can continue to book with confidence. 

Brexit Price Guarantee

Brexit will have no effect on our terms and conditions. The price you pay today is guaranteed not to rise as a consequence of the UK's exit from the EU at the end of October 2019.

If you’ve booked one of our Sail & Stay package holidays, you can further take comfort in the knowledge that full financial protection is provided to you, by us, through a bond held with the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

Passports and visas

The government advises there are at least 6 months duration on your passport from your date of arrival abroad following Brexit, now scheduled for the end of October.  For latest information, visit the government’s webpage on Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit

The European Commission announced in November 2018 that, even in a no-deal scenario, if you have a UK passport, you will still be able to travel to and from the EU without a visa for short duration visits. That’s because visa-free reciprocal arrangements should be put in place, deal or no deal. But please be aware that this advice is the best information we have at the present time (24 April 2019). We will update this answer if the situation changes.

Insurance and medical

In the event of a deal, EHIC cards will be valid during the transition period until at least the end of December 2020. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs are unlikely to be valid. However, we know that one member state - Portugal - has proposed an alternative to EHIC: a reciprocal arrangement could offer similar levels of protection, assuming it is implemented.

Don’t forget that an EHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance. It is always best to be covered when travelling abroad and ABTA recommends you take out a comprehensive travel policy before making any trip.

Brittany Ferries has partnered with Voyager Insurance Services Ltd, an award-winning provider of Travel and Vehicle Breakdown Insurance, to help protect you, your family and your vehicle whilst you’re away. You can find out more on our insurance page.

Driving in Europe

In addition to your UK driving licence, the government is advising that, in the event of no-deal, you may need an International Driving Permit to drive in certain EU countries from 1 November 2019. More information can be found on the government's webpage on preparing to drive in the EU after Brexit.

There are different type of permits for different countries, and each costs around £5.50. So you need to make sure you have the right permit for France and/or for Spain for example. For more information please visit the government’s webpage on International driving permits for UK drivers.

Pet travel

Yes, you will still be able to travel with your pet to Europe if you carry a valid pet passport if you travel before the end of October 2019. If the UK leaves the EU at that time with a deal and a transition period, nothing will change.

Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, you will need to take some additional steps. The latest advice from the British Government can be found on its page about Pet travel to Europe after Brexit.

Data roaming

We hope not. The government advises a few scenarios on data roaming depending on whether or not a deal is secured. But, fundamentally, the UK government has committed to capping data roaming charges in a worse-case (no deal) scenario.

More information can be found on the government’s webpage on mobile roaming if there’s no Brexit deal.