BBC Radio 4’s Today programme answered this question this morning, featuring a range of experts on the travel and tourism industries. They dutifully removed the mysticism surrounding topics like passports and health insurance. Below are the answers to any no-deal travel fears you may have.

Are the planes going to be flying?

Travel lawyer Alan Bowen explained: “Flights will continue on the same routes and at the same frequency as they did in summer 2018.

“Although those planning to use a new route may find that some of them are delayed until a bilateral agreement is reached between the UK and the other country.”

Do I need a visa?

The BBC said: “There’s no immediate requirement for a visa, although eventually, travellers will need an online travel permit costing 7 euros.

“Unlike now, you’ll have to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months – that’s important.”

Will border controls change?

Travel editor of Which? Rory Boland said: “Passport holders will be treated as third-country nationals which requires additional questions to be asked and will increase waiting times.

“We’ve found the worst airports for this are likely to be in southern Spain – popular with holidaymakers.

“Try and get on a plane as early as possible because queues are likely to stack up through the day.

“And whether you’re going there early or not, make sure you bring extra food and extra water.

“And if you’ve got kids with you, nappies or any other extras you might need so you’re prepared for any delays.”

What if I’m driving?

The BBC correspondent said: “In the event of no deal, for all EU countries except Ireland, you will need an international driving permit for certain.

“You can get one of those from the post office.

“You’ll also need a green card for insurance.”

Will my European Health Insurance Card work?

The editor of travel magazine Wanderlust, Lyn Hughes, said: “Currently 27 million Brits have an EHIC card.

“Basically, they entitle you to necessary medical treatment on the same basis as a resident of that country and so you might be able to get the treatment free of charge or at a lower cost.

“With no deal, until something else gets negotiated, the EHIC will disappear.

“People travelling to Europe would need to buy travel insurance and this would particularly hit older people because of high premiums and people with pre-existing medical conditions who may find that the costs are far too high to take out insurance.”

Would the overall cost of going to Europe be greater?

The BBC correspondent said: “A lot depends on the value of the pound – right now it’s worth roughly 12 percent less against the Euro than it was when the Brexit referendum took place.

“Which makes holidays in Europe a bit more expensive.”



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