What does Brexit mean for a European holiday?
Whether you’re in or out or are now totally indifferent to the debacle that is Brexit there’s still a lot of uncertainty around what it means for future holidays in Europe. Unfortunately, the bottom line with Brexit is we still don’t wholly know the ramifications of what will happen when we holiday in Europe, however there are a few things you can do to Brexit-proof your future European holidays.
To avoid the mounting – and often hidden costs of using your debit card or taking cash out when you’re abroad by using a currency card. It’s a safe way to take large amounts of money abroad and still works like your normal debit card. Most currency cards come with an app where you can check your balance and top up your card.
Despite nearly 38% of Brits who travel without insurance, travel insurance is a MUST! The Vendee is famed for its water sports, so if you plan on surfing or sailing, ensure your travel insurance covers water sports.
Travel insurance isn’t just for holidays abroad, so it’s always worth opting for annual cover.
With no real understanding of the impact Brexit might have on a European holiday, it’s best to have at least 6 months left on your passport before it expires. If you still haven’t booked your summer holiday, get your passports renewed at least 3 months before your departure – as passports take between 6-8weeks to return.
Under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, credit cards will provide you with protection of purchases above £100 and below £30,000. Pay for your holiday and any excursions with your credit card and should the worse happen your credit card company will be able to provide compensation.
Driving in Europe
Before you take your card abroad check with your insurer – you will need to apply for a Green Card as well as a European Driving Licence. Each European country has different requirements for driving, so it’s worth ensuring your car is Europe ready.
If you’re thinking of taking your pets abroad, you’ll need to make sure their vaccines are up to date, and their chip contains all the correct contact details for you.
It can take up to 6 months for the jabs and blood tests to be clear, so if you’re planning on taking your pets abroad for your July holiday, you’ll have to start making plans early in the year.
As the Brexit negotiations continue to unfold, the ramifications of holidaying in Europe will hopefully become clearer. But in the meantime, if you have any questions about travelling to Europe get in touch.