Brexit advice

How will Brexit affect my boating holiday?

 

Many of our customers have already booked their 2020 boating holiday. Whether you’re thinking about booking your next cruise or you have already booked, you are probably wondering how Brexit will affect you. Our top priority is to make sure you have a great holiday in 2020. We’ve pulled together everything you need to know about your Le Boat holiday after Brexit.

 

Last updated: 7 February 2020

 

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is currently in a transition period until the end of the year, whilst additional arrangements are negotiated. Flights and transport arrangements are still expected to operate between the UK and Europe however we advise our customers to read the guidance below to ensure all passports are valid for travel and the relevant paperwork has been completed for driving in Europe. During the transition period there will be limited changes, however things will start to change at the end of 2020 once the arrangements are finalised.

Le Boat's Brexit Guarantee

The UK left the EU on 31 January and is in a transition period until the end of the year. Planes will still fly between the UK and EU throughout this time and the transition period will allow time to negotiate additional arrangements moving into 2021. This is the same for other transport (train, ferry, etc.) companies who connect the UK and EU. Le Boat's Brexit Guarantee means that if for any reason your transport arrangements are cancelled due to Brexit with no alternative offered, you will be able to rearrange your holiday plans (without incurring administration fees). Alternatively, if you wish to cancel, you will receive a full refund. 

The Brexit Guarantee will apply on receipt of the cancellation confirmation from the transport provider. 

Should I be worried about my holiday with the uncertainty of Brexit?

We understand that you might be concerned about your holiday due to the transition period however flights and other transportation (train, ferry, etc.) will still continue to operate between the UK and EU. Rest assured your holiday should still go ahead as planned. As the No.1 provider of boating holidays on Europe and Canada’s beautiful inland waterways we will continue to operate in all our destinations, so you can still book with us in confidence.  

Will my holiday costs increase?

If you have already booked your Le Boat holiday, we guarantee the price of your holiday will not increase, no matter what happens throughout the transition period.

Book today to secure the price of your Le Boat holiday with just a small deposit. Many of our customers are also choosing to pre-book their extras to give them confidence that they will not be affected by fluctuating exchange rates when purchasing locally. Our all-inclusive extras package allows you to pre-book your collision damage waiver, fuel, boat cleaning and one bike - prebook today to fix the cost of your fuel.

Will I get a refund if my transport links (flights, ferry, train, etc) are cancelled after Brexit?

Rest assured throughout the transition period, planes will still fly between the UK and EU. This is the same for other transport (train, ferry, etc.) companies who connect the UK and EU. Nothing will change until the end of December 2020.

If for any reason your transport arrangements are cancelled due to Brexit and no alternative is offered, Le Boat’s Brexit Guarantee means that you will be able to rearrange your holiday plans (without incurring administration fees) or you will be entitled to a full refund on receipt of the cancellation confirmation from the transport provider.

If I book my 2021 travel, what happens if my holiday cannot go ahead due to Brexit?

The UK is currently in a transition period and nothing will change until the end of the year. There is nothing to suggest that you will not be able to continue with your holiday plans after this date as flights will continue to operate. 

Le Boat will continue to operate across all its destinations including the EU, however if for any reason your travel is cancelled due to Brexit you will receive a full refund if no alternative arrangements are offered by your transport provider. 

 

Will I still be able to take my dog on holiday?

Pets would continue to be able to travel to and from the UK to the EU. After the transition period, the requirements for documents and health checks may change. If you wish to take your pet to the EU, pet owners should discuss preparations for their pet’s travel with an Official Veterinarian at least four months in advance of the date they wish to travel. Pet owners should keep an eye out for any further instructions issued by the UK Government.

More information is available here.

Will I still be able to use my current passport and European Health Insurance Card?

Throughout the transition period nothing will change. If you are travelling in 2021 check the date your passport expires. When travelling to the EU in 2021, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival to an EU country and to renew passports that have been valid for more than nine years and six months. For more information on passport rules visit gov.uk.

Before you travel, please use this tool to check whether you might need to renew your passport.

The rules for EHIC cards may change in 2021. It is compulsory that travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance ahead of any trip, no matter where you are travelling to.

Will I still be able to use my mobile phone abroad?

Currently, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same as the UK and this will remain throughout the transition period.

Before you travel, check with your mobile phone provider about the costs of using your phone in the EU as UK companies have said they may continue to offer this benefit to their customers.

Will I still be able to drive in the EU after Brexit?

As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This may change after the transition period. UK travellers looking to drive in the EU in 2021 may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit and Green Card.  For more information click here.

Le Boat recommend that you speak with your insurance provider for more information on obtaining a Green Card for any trip in 2021.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

The UK is currently in a transition period whilst arrangements are finalised. You won't need a visa to travel to the EU throughout this period however this may change in 2021. The European Commission announced in November 2018 that UK travellers can still visit the EU without a visa, providing the same is offered to European citizens visiting the UK.  The European Commission has said that from 2021, UK citizens will need to pay a fee (of around 7 Euros) for this visa exemption. This is part of a new electronic travel authorisation system applying to all third country visitors to the EU, similar to the US ESTA regime.

Should I wait until the Brexit deal has been reached before I book my holiday?

Many of our customers have already booked their 2020 and 2021 boating holiday.

If you are thinking about booking a boating holiday, you can book with confidence with Le Boat and our Brexit Guarantee. 

Book today before you miss out on your preferred boat or destination.

 For further advice about Brexit please click here.