Will Brexit affect my travel plans?

At Brittany Ferries we believe we have a responsibility to raise and respond to customer concerns arising following Britain’s exit from the EU. But we also have a duty to be careful not to exaggerate potential problems or contribute unnecessarily to uncertainty. For this reason we have created the following Q&A, which we hope strikes the right balance, with links to further information.

Be assured

Whether you have already booked or are thinking of travelling with us, deal or no deal, Brittany Ferries will continue to operate all routes post-29 March 2019. The fundamentals of travel by sea will not change regardless of the post-Brexit landscape, so please 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.

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.  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 (30 January 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 18 month transition period. 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 from 29 March 2019, in the event of no-deal, you may need an International Driving Permit to drive in certain EU countries. 

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 from 28 March 2019.

Pet travel

Yes. After 29 March 2019, you will still be able to travel with your pet to Europe whether a deal is reached between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the terms of exit, or not. However, in a no-deal scenario, you will need to take some additional steps.

Importantly, you may need to visit a vet some months in advance of travel, for certification and relevant vaccines. More information can be found on the Government's 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.

Brexit Ferry Initiative

This is an initiative driven by the Department of Transport to help ensure critical goods are still able to be transported safely and swiftly in the event of a no-deal Brexit. We were approached as a trusted and reliable ferry operator to see if we could assist with this initiative and have agreed to play our part.

The contract guarantees space on some of our ships and three Channel routes (out of nine we operate to and from the UK) for the delivery of critical goods, like medicines. It has been described as a kind of insurance, or safety net, to help ensure the smooth transit of these critical goods in the event of a no-deal Brexit after 29 March 2019.

Find out more on our webpage on Brittany Ferries' involvement in the Government's Brexit Ferry Initiative.