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What Brexit means for your holiday

Last updated: 20 August 2021, 08:42

We understand that Brexit may be in the back of your mind when it comes to going on holiday now the transition period for leaving the European Union has ended. That’s why we’ve put together some handy info and guidance on everything we know so far.

Please remember this information can change and is correct at the time of publish. It’s best you keep checking the government website for the latest information.

Key steps for travelling after Brexit

For all holidays to the European Union, Switzerland and Iceland from 1 January 2021, there are three key things you need to do before you take off:
Check your passport

As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, most EU countries now require UK passports to be less than ten years old and still be valid for at least three months at the time you're due to leave their country. Just so you know, if you renewed your passport before your previous passport expired, any extra months that may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date, making it valid for more than a ten year period, may not count.

For example, a passport with an issue date of 1 January 2012 and an expiry date of 31 October 2022 isn’t valid beyond 1 January 2022, ten years from its original issue. Check the date of issue on your passport to work out whether it meets this criteria and make sure your passport is valid for travel here.

Get travel insurance that includes healthcare
Your EHIC will still be valid until it expires, but we recommend you have comprehensive travel insurance which includes cover for any pre-existing conditions. If you apply for an EHIC now, you'll get a GHIC, a new UK equivalent, instead. Find out more here.
Take the right driving documents
If you’re hiring a car, you may need an International Driving Permit if you have a paper licence or one that was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man. Find out more here.

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FAQs

Will Jet2holidays’ package holidays still be available?

Yes, if you live in the UK, then you'll still be able to be able to book our full range of destinations, including those that are in the EU. 

What protection is there for Jet2holidays’ package holidays that take place?

Your holiday should be completely unaffected, but we’ll give you an alternative or a refund if your holiday can no longer go ahead. And as all holidays with Jet2holidays are fully ABTA and ATOL protected, you can be even more confident when you book with us.

Will visas be needed for holidays in the EU?

If you're from the UK, you don't need a visa to travel to any of our destinations that are part of the EU, as long as you don't stay for more than 90 days in total, across all trips you take, in a 180 day period. However, you may need a visa for any visits you may make that go beyond this allowance. To find out more, please visit gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit.

Can I take food on my holiday?

If you're travelling to the EU (including the Canary Islands) or Turkey, you can't enter the country you're visiting with any food-based product containing meat, milk or their products, unless it's exempt. You can find more information here. If you're travelling to the UK from any of our destinations, you can carry any product containing meat, dairy or other animal products (e.g fish, eggs, honey) in your personal luggage, as long as it's for personal consumption. 

Will my burgundy British passport still be valid?

Yes, but there’ll be new rules for UK passport holders travelling to EU countries. You should apply for a renewed passport if your current one has less than six months validity on it or it’s more than ten years old on the day you travel. You can check if your passport is valid for travel to the EU after Brexit. You can renew your passport online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service. Full details on renewing your passport can be found here.

Can I still drive a hire car in the EU?

Yes, but you may need an International Driving Permit if you have a paper licence or one that was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man. Find out more about driving in the EU after Brexit or use the Post Office’s IDP checker.

How will Brexit affect travel insurance?

You’ll still be able to buy travel insurance that provides cover in the EU. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be valid until it expires, so make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance which includes cover for any pre-existing conditions. You can find further information on choosing your travel insurance here. You can add our 5* Defaqto travel insurance to your Jet2holidays booking or you can arrange your own insurance elsewhere. Also, medical prescriptions may not be recognised in the EU after 31 December 2020, so please check with your doctor if you might be affected by this.

Can I take my assistance dog onboard Jet2.com flights to the EU?

Jet2.com allows assistance dogs onboard flights. Current EU pet passports issued in Great Britain are no longer valid in the EU and current EU pet passports issued in the EU are no longer valid for travel to the Great Britain. An Animal Health Certificate is required instead. It’s important to visit your vet four months before travel for further advice. Find out more about travelling to the EU with your assistance dog after Brexit.

Can I still use my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will continue to be valid in our EU destinations until its date of expiry. A new UK equivalent, Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), will be issued for new applications from 1 January 2021 instead of an EHIC. Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance which includes cover for pre-existing conditions for your trip. You can find further information on choosing your travel insurance here. You can add our 5* Defaqto-rated travel insurance to your Jet2holidays booking or you can arrange your own insurance elsewhere. Also, medical prescriptions may not be recognised in the EU after 31 December 2020, so please check with your doctor if you might be affected by this.

Will roaming fees for mobile phones change?

There may be changes, so it’s best to get in touch with your mobile phone provider to find out exactly what’s what.

Any other questions?

For more information on Brexit, please visit gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit

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