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Will Brexit affect Travel to France in 2020?

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ABTA (The Travel Association of British Travel Agents) has updated advice for travellers from the UK to Europe.

This latest advice highlights that the UK is on track to enter a transition period from the end of January 2020 meaning that all travel requirements and arrangements will remain the same until at least the end of December 2020.

The new details replace previous guidance which reflected what might happen in a ‘no-deal’. In that instance, according to some sources, there may have been an effect on passport validity, European Health Insurance Cards, driving licences, taking pets abroad and data roaming.

ABTA say that their research shows almost a third of Brits are still unclear about how Brexit will affect their travel plans. However the message is that there is no change for 2020 according to the deal ratified on 31 January 2020.

What it means for British travellers to Europe is that valid passports can still be used, EHIC cards can still be used and the same gates you always use at border check points are still valid. ABTA say that ferry services and cruises will still stay the same in any case as the majority of the rules under which they operate are not based on EU rules, but are international. Trains and flights will operate as normal and you won’t need a visa to go to Europe.

We’ll update with details for what comes after 2020 as and when we have firm news.

ABTA’s Brexit advice for travellers can be found at www.abta.com/brexit

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