Before setting off on a foreign holiday after Brexit, here's are a few tips and do's and don'ts

Brexit Travel Advice from ABTA

Thursday, 28 February

In light of the UK's vote to leave the European Union, we're sure that there are some questions around travel to Europe after 29 March 2019. We hope these FAQs, tips and travel advice from ABTA will alleviate some of the concerns you may have around travelling to the Continent after this date. As it stands though, regardless of outcome, ABTA have advised that flights will still operate between the UK and EU, and a visa will not be required for travel.

How will Brexit affect my holiday?

Until the UK officially leaves the EU travellers are as free to move between the UK and the EU as they were before the vote. ABTA has said that there's nothing to suggest that you won't be able to continue with your holiday plans after Brexit. Even in a no-deal scenario, HF Holidays – like the majority of trusted and well-known companies – have been arranging foreign travel for many years and are fully bonded members of ATOL. It means that when you book, you get complete peace of mind. There's no benefit to booking after Brexit as HF Holidays say their prices won't change as there will be no surcharges added to their prices, but by booking early you're guaranteed the best price and the widest choice of holiday dates.

Will there be any changes to my flight?

Britain is still subject to the open skies policy, so airlines still have the freedom to fly across Europe, even if there is no deal. Both the European Commission and UK government have offered assurances on this, for both UK and EU airlines.

Am I still able to use my passport?

Yes you can use your passport. Check the date that your passport expires. If you are travelling to the EU after 29 March 2019, the UK government recommends that you have at least six months left on your passport from the date of arrival in an EU country. Important Note: If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe. Please note, it is your responsibility to check this and have the appropriate amount of time left on your passport ahead of travel.

Do I now require a visa to travel?

No, not according to the European Commission. The proposal is that, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, visa-free rules would still apply, assuming that the same is offered to European citizens visiting the UK. If a deal is reached then nothing would change until the end of the transition period in December 2020. The European Commission has said that from 2021, UK citizens will need to pay a fee (of around 7 Euros) for this visa exemption.

Is my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) still valid?

In the event of no-deal, then UK registered EHICs will not be valid. In the event of a deal, then nothing will change until the end of the transition period and your European Health Insurance cards remain valid. ABTA has always advised that you take travel insurance, regardless of whether you have an EHIC card, as there are limitations to this cover.

Should I take out travel insurance for my holiday?

You should always take appropriate travel insurance when travelling, regardless of where or when you travel. Make sure to check the detail of the policy around travel disruption, including delays and cancellations, as policies do vary.


The beautiful 200-year-old Domaine de Miauray offers peace and quiet in rural France

Peace and quiet is guaranteed in this 18th century restored French Domaine

Sunday 30 December

With the uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations still looming large, many Brits will still continue to head to the Continent for their annual holidays and what better way to spend it than in rural France. 

With many choosing the self-catering option and staying in traditional gites, now there's an added attraction as it's just as easy to spend time in an historic French chateau or a traditional Domaine. 

One couple have been working on a beautifully restored 18th century Domaine with its large gardens, private heated swimming pool and floodlit pétanque area for several years and it has only just become available to rent. 

Domaine de Miauray dates from around 1800 and has been renovated with authenticity while it has several spacious outbuildings and is set in a quiet hamlet location. It also means it's an ideal place to organise large family reunions or to accommodate many friends, as privacy and calm is assured along with the possibility of enjoying country walks or bike rides on some remarkably quiet French roads. 

The property is located near to the beautiful area of Marais Poitevin in Western France. It's a dedicated National Park region which incorporates nature reserves, tree-lined canals and many picturesque small towns and villages.

There are several local museums in the nearby town of Niort, while the popular Futuroscope Theme Park is a 50 minute drive away from the property. Just over an hour's drive away is the historic but lively city of La Rochelle and the famous beaches of Île de Ré. 

Capable of sleeping up to nine people, while the adults prepare a barbecue, there's plenty of space for youngsters to enjoy themselves. The Domaine has a large 12m swimming pool which is heated to a balmy 30 degrees – it also lights up once the sun goes down! – while there's a floodlit pétanque pitch, and a large games room with table tennis and darts for a rainy day.

There is also plenty of parking plus a spacious front and rear terrace while the property stands in a huge 4500 sq m² of private grounds. 

On the ground floor you will find an open kitchen with a wood burning stove leading to a large living room – two sofas and a sofa bed for two people – with a television and DVD player. 

 

There's a separate toilet off the kitchen while on the first floor you will find a bedroom with two single beds plus a bathroom featuring double basins, a shower and bath along with a second separate toilet.

On the second floor there is another large bedroom with a double bed plus a single bed and a separate bedroom with two singles.

For more details see Facebook page @domainedemiauray (English) or please contact: Ceris Stafford (English speaking) at cerisstafford@yahoo.co.uk or +33 6274 40175.