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British holidaymakers urged to carry out Brexit MOT


BRITS planning their holiday getaway to Europe next year have been urged to carry out a Brexit ‘MOT’ before Britain officially leaves the EU.

Most people in Britain have taken no action to prepare for potential changes that could affect travel in Europe after 11pm on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Possible post-Brexit changes to travel could include Brits needing visas to visit France  or flights being grounded  - and anyone hoping to take a pet abroad will need to visit a vet at least four months before the trip .

But nearly eight in ten (78%) people say they have not researched AT ALL about how Brexit could affect their holiday plans, according to a survey for sister cruise companies Scenic and Emerald Waterways.

Currently Brits can enter any Schengen area country even if their passport only has a day left before it expires - but after Brexit travellers may not be able to visit these countries unless they have six months left on their passport.

The government has advised adults and children to renew passports that have less than six months validity at the time of any planned trip.

But 71% of Brits say they are completely unaware of changes to passport regulations and potential disruption to travel.

Just 11% of people have renewed their passport and only nine per cent have checked their insurance company’s Brexit Terms and Conditions

Nearly half (48%) of Brits surveyed said they have visited an EU country in the past year but a quarter (26%) of those said they would consider not booking a trip to an EU country because of fears around Brexit uncertainty.

And 31% will also avoid booking travel to EU countries during the end of March or early April 2019 because of Brexit uncertainties.

A plummeting pound, rising prices and the threat of no access to medical care are putting off Brits travelling to some of their favourite European destinations.

A spokesman for Scenic and Emerald Waterways: “We talk to our customers all the time but wanted a clearer picture of how much they really understood about Brexit and how it may affect holiday plans which is why we commissioned this survey.  The results have made us realise that Britain needs to wake up. We’re passionate about supporting our customers and want to help them take action with our three-step plan.  
 
“By just checking your passport and going through your insurance T&Cs now you’ll be better prepared for next year.  We’ve also introduced our Emerald Waterways Guarantee and Scenic Brexit Assurance which means our customers won’t be hit with any additional surcharges or price rises and means they can look forward to their 2019 holiday whatever happens with Brexit.

 

David Winterton
David Winterton
David is the Emerald Waterways Global Brand Manager. When he isn't busy visiting our 7 Star-Ships as they cruise along some of Europe's most picturesque rivers, David ensures our brand is aligned in all our English speaking markets. David's favourite river has to be the Douro in Portugal due to it's fantastic scenery and of course its great Port and wine.