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How will Brexit affect my boating holiday?

 

Many of our customers have already booked their 2019 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 2019. We’ve pulled together everything you need to know about your Le Boat holiday after Brexit.

 

Last updated: 3 April 2019

 

Following recent developments, the UK's earliest date of departure has now slipped back to 12 April. Deal or no deal 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.

Le Boat's Brexit Guarantee

Rest assured regardless of the Brexit outcome, 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. 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 ongoing political process. Deal or no-deal, 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 as a result of Brexit. 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 regardless of the Brexit outcome, 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. If a deal is agreed then there will be a transition period, meaning nothing will change until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue. The European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate in the event of a no-deal scenario.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 travel after 29th March, what happens if my holiday cannot go ahead due to Brexit?

Following recent developments, the UK's earliest date of departure has now slipped back to 12 April. There is nothing to suggest that you will not be able to continue with your holiday plans after this date. Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that flights should still 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. In the event of a no-deal, the requirements for documents and health checks would change. Following recent developments, the UK's earliest date of departure has now slipped back to 12 April. If you wish to take your pet to the EU on or after this date pet owners would need to 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?

Check the date your passport expires. When travelling to the EU after 29 March 2019, 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 as of 30 March 2019. 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 in the event of a no-deal.European Heath Insurance Cards will no longer be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 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. If the UK leaves without a deal these rules will no longer apply. 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 is likely to change in a no-deal scenario. Following recent developments, the UK's earliest date of departure has now slipped back to 12 April. UK travellers looking to drive in the EU on or after this date may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit and Green Card.  For more information click here.If the UK leaves without a deal, UK Drivers would need to apply for international driving licences. The Department for Transport will be the responsible body for issuing these licences. Applications for international Driving Permits must be made in the UK, at a small cost and are available directly from the post office. UK citizens driving their vehicle within the EU would also be required to obtain and carry a physical Green Card in order for your UK car insurance to be applicable in the EU, should the UK leave with a no deal. These cards would be issued by insurers and you may be charged a small fee to cover administration costs. The ABI (trade body for the insurance industry recommends contacting your insurance company at least one month in advance of travelling. Le Boat recommend that you speak with your insurance provider for more information on obtaining a Green Card for any trip on or after 12 April 2019.

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

You shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. The European Commission announced in November 2018 that, even in a no-deal scenario, 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 2019 boating holiday. If you are thinking about booking a boating holiday, you can book with confidence with Le Boat and our Brexit Guarantee. Over 60% of our holidays are now sold for the 2019 season. Book today before you miss out on your preferred boat or destination.
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