Christmas is almost over, and adverts direct our thoughts to holidays, with tempting images of warmer climes, sunny beaches and exotic destinations, quite rightly many people start dreaming about their next adventure.
However even after the General Election results with Brexit looming on the horizon consumer confidence is still taking a bashing from the media.
There has been a lot of speculation about changes to our freedom to travel after Brexit. In a recent poll more than half of those asked are ‘most concerned’ about the impact on their travel plans after leaving the EU.
So what’s it all about?
Eagle Travel hope to cut through some of the scaremongering and reassure you that it is still possible to travel abroad! As part of our responsibility to our clients we always follow Foreign Office Advice and have kept abreast of it throughout the entire Brexit progress and media speculations.
Whatever happens until 31st January 2020 we are still part of the EU and nothing will have changed.
If we leave with a deal them nothing much will change until the end of the December 2020.
Some of the overriding concerns about travelling are unfounded and borne out of media hype, much of it is around passport validity.
Passports should have at least six months left on them after your date of return from holiday, although not always the case so it is best to check anyway.
There is some talk that any additional months credited to your new passport expiry date may no longer by counted and you could lose these additional months. If in double contact us for clarification, pop in with your passport or you can use the government website https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-for-travel-to-europe
At this moment in time there are no plans to introduce Visas for entry into European Countries or vice versa. There may be some restrictions if you wish to remain abroad over 3 months should we leave without a deal. More clarity on this will follow and I dare say will be a big part of the Withdrawal Agreement.
Whilst it is true that currency fluctuation may well affect the cost of your holiday why not consider an All-Inclusive package, once you’ve paid you don’t have to worry about taking much spending money! A cruise could be another consideration as your food and most of your drinks can be included. There are some fabulous countries outside of the Euro Zone which are enjoying a stable currency and surge in popularity because of it. Take for example the incredible value in South Africa where you can expect to get 16 Rands to the £, making this a stunning place to visit and cheap to eat out.
Your EHIC European Heath Insurance Card may not be valid should we leave without a deal and you may not be covered for medical treatment. Whilst this is yet to be decided it seems that during the process of the withdrawal agreement and up until December 2020 the EU have agreed to keep these health measures in place.
However, something we have always advocated is that it is imperative to take adequate travel insurance to cover you for emergencies regardless of the country you intend to visit, would you drive without car insurance?
The EU abolished Data Roaming Charges in 2017 however your data allowance may be affected once we leave the EU, the only way to be certain is to check with your phone provider. They probably don’t know any more than you do until we know if we are going out with a deal or not.
It is no secret that 2019 has been challenging for many businesses on the High Street, travel taking a huge hit with Brexit uncertainty coupled with the shocking loss of Monarch Airlines and the less unexpected failure of Thomas Cook.
It has never been more relevant to check your Financial Protection when you are handing over your hard-earned cash.
So why book with a Travel Agent such as Eagle Travel?
Many people believe that their money is safe when in fact there are gaping loopholes in the financial protections available and travelers are wide open to fraud and misrepresentation when booking online.
A holiday booked with an ABTA and ATOL registered Travel Agency such as Eagle Travel offers you several layers of additional protection – isn’t it quite reassuring to think there is a team of experts looking after you should the unthinkable happen?
In ABTA’s own words ‘the best way to protect your holiday is to book a package – it is then the travel provider’s responsibility to make sure your holiday is provided and to offer an alternative or refund if it cannot be delivered’.
So be reassured at Eagle Travel we keep up to date with current legislation, are totally independent and therefore not reliant on the performance of ‘vertically integrated’ companies. We hold our own ATOL and ABTA licenses and are here to discuss your holiday plans face to face. With our countless years of experience we can guide you through the maze of uncertainty and answer any questions.
And we’ll look after you if something goes wrong!
We hope this article gives you the confidence to plan you next trip abroad and hope you will give us the opportunity to show you the true value of an independent Travel Agent
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