We aim to update this page as quickly as possible following any important announcements relating to travel. This page was last updated on 07 June 2022
Should the FCDO advise against travel, to your booked holiday destination and you are currently due to depart at any time during 2022, we will offer a free of charge amendment (see more detail below). If you are due to travel within 14 days and you don’t wish to amend your booking, we will offer you a free of charge cancellation.
Please rest assured that if your booking is affected by FCDO advice, we will be in touch. We are contacting people in departure date order to ensure we deal with all affected bookings in a fair manner. If you want to speak with us before we have contacted you, please email us on email@example.com or call us on 01903 823088 or freephone 0800 008 7288, choosing option 2.
Advice for travellers following the UK’s departure from the European Union
There will be changes to travel to Europe from the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021. Please plan early to make sure you have everything in place in time for your trip. It is also important that you check how the coronavirus pandemic may affect your travel plans. When planning a trip and before you travel, check the Foreign Office advice for the destination you are visiting. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
If you have a British passport, you will need to have at least six months left on your passport and your passport must have been issued within the last 10 years. Please use the Government’s passport checker to see if you need to renew your passport. https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-travel-europe
We strongly recommend taking out comprehensive travel insurance with sufficient healthcare cover, including cover for existing medical conditions and any activities you plan to do. If you have a European Health Insurance Card it will be valid up to its expiry date.
You will no longer be able to use EU fast-track passport control and customs lanes, meaning possible delays at some airports. Also, when you arrive in an EU country, be prepared to show your return ticket. You could also be asked to show that you have enough money for your stay. Recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency include a personal bank statement covering the last 3 months, credit cards, cash.
Rules around mobile data roaming are changing meaning you may face charges when using your phone abroad, including for making calls, sending messages or using the internet. Check with your mobile phone provider about their data roaming policy.
You may need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in some EU countries and Norway from 1 January 2021. These are available from the Post Office
Britain and the EU have agreed visa-free travel for short visits. UK passport holders can spend up to a total of 90 days in any 180 day period in the Schengen Area of Europe. The Schengen Area comprises 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passports and all other types of border control at their mutual borders. The 90 days allowance can be in a series of short visits or one long visit. There are a small number of EU countries outside the Schengen Area including Croatia and Cyprus. You could make a visa-free visit of up to 90 days to either of those countries and still not have used any of your 90 day allowance to visit countries within the Schengen Area.
From 2023 – the exact date is yet to be confirmed – you will have to buy a visa waiver for holidays and short stays in the EU. This is not a visa but a permission to enter. It will cost €7 (approximately £6.30), be valid for three years and will be issued under the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), similar to the ESTA permit currently required to visit the US.
You won’t be able to take any meat, milk or any products containing these items into the EU. There are exceptions for powdered baby milk, and baby food for medical requirements.
ABTA – The Travel Association
ABTA – Balcony Safe Campaign
Balcony Safe Campaign
ABTA – Swim Safe
ABTA – Fun in the Sun
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Travel Health Advice
UK Passport Service
The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations
CAA – Civil Aviation Authority