We are very much aware that the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has caused some uncertainty as to how travel arrangements and tours might be affected after 29th March 2019. We are here to reassure you and we would like to answer some common questions, so that in the event of a no deal Brexit you will still be able to book with confidence and enjoy your cultural tour with ACE.
Will flights still operate?
UK citizens can be reassured that regardless of the Brexit outcome planes will still fly between the UK and the EU: if a deal is agreed then we will be in a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. Even if we are in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU. The UK government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines.
What financial protection will I have post-Brexit?
With European consumer protection legislation such as the Package Travel Directive 2018 and the Consumer Rights Directive 2011 already incorporated into UK law, your holiday booking will retain a high level of financial and other protection after the UK leaves the European Union. If, in the unlikely event that we are unable to operate your holiday, you will be provided with a full refund. There is nothing to suggest, however, that travel arrangements would be changed or cancelled post-Brexit and we are confident you will continue to experience and enjoy cultural travel throughout the European Union.
Will there be any change to the travel documents required to travel to the EU after Brexit?
The European Commission has said that UK travellers will not need a visa to visit the European Union, as long as EU visitors do not need to apply for a visa when they come to the United Kingdom. From 2021 there is a chance that UK travellers will need to pay a visa exemption fee of approximately 7 Euros. Your UK passport will still be valid. For travel to the EU after 29th March 2019, passports will need to be valid for at least six months from the end of the tour. Extra months on your passport that bring its validity to over 10 years may not count.
Will I need to take more spending money after Brexit?
It is difficult to predict what Brexit will mean for buying currency. As most ACE tours include flights, transfers, hotels, guiding, sightseeing, entrance fees and meals as stated in your itinerary, there is very little requirement for extra spending whilst on tour and the potential currency fluctuation impact will be greatly reduced.