Government advice regarding Brexit (planned 29th March 2019) and your ski holiday

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Published by Richard on Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:43

Government travel advice regarding Brexit


The UK government and ABTA have published some guidance for travelling after 29th March in different possible Brexit scenarios. We have summarised and provided links to the relevant advice below.


For those of you who have booked a self-drive ski holiday to travel via Eurotunnel, please read Eurotunnel’s Brexit Promise where Eurotunnel confirm that their shuttles will continue to operate.

Driving Licence

Government advice for drivers is that, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, from March 28th 2019 you may need a different International Drivers Permit (IDP). For general information on preparing to drive to Europe please read this advice. For further advice on the particular type of IDP you may need to drive in France please read this advice. The good news is that if you do need a new IDP they are available from the post office over the counter and only cost £5.50.

Vehicle Insurance

In the event that there is no EU Exit deal and the European Commission does not make a decision ensuring that UK registered vehicles will not be checked for proof of insurance, drivers of UK registered vehicles will need to carry a motor insurance Green Card when driving in the EU and EEA. We recommend that you contact your vehicle insurance company to ask them about Green Card insurance. Current government advice can be read here.


For those of you who have booked flights, there is an agreement that flights between the EU countries and the UK will operate as normal until 2020. Click here for ABTA’s flight advice.


For all our clients we recommend that you check your passport in advance of travel. The government has an online validity checker so please click here to check your passport is valid for your proposed travel dates.

General Advice

As we are members of ABTA we also recommend you read their advice for travellers and for more general information the government has also issued advice for UK nationals travelling to the EU. Click here to read this information.

As always with peak period travel, major travel hubs will be busier than usual so we strongly recommend you are as prepared as possible. Please leave plenty of time for travelling and be prepared with drinks and refreshments.


Eurotunnel’s Brexit promise: https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/brexit-promise/

Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit

International Driving Permit (IDP): https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad/international-driving-permit

Vehicle insurance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit#vehi...

Flight information and ABTA advice: https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers

Passport checker: https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport

Government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-nationals-travelling-to-eu-essential-info...



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