Holidaymakers told 'nothing will change' after Brexit until end of 2020 at least

Sean Morrison
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Holidaymakers planning to travel after Brexit have been told “nothing will change” until the end of this year.

The travel industry has updated its advice to state that the expected 11-month transition period means “arrangements will remain the same at least until the end of December”.

Previous advice from travel trade association Abta warned of potential changes to areas such as passport validity, European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC), driving licences, taking pets abroad and data roaming.

But Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer has assured plans to travel after the UK leaves the EU can still be made “with confidence” until at least the end of 2020.

The travel industry has changed its advice for holidaymakers planning trips after Brexit (REUTERS)

It comes after survey of more than 2,000 UK consumers carried out in July last year suggested 31 per cent of people were unsure how Brexit would affect their travel plans.

Mr Tanzer said: "The UK is primed to enter a new Brexit phase from 31 January when trade talks begin, and when it does nothing will change when it comes to travel.

"This means that valid passports can still be used, EHIC cards will still be valid and the same gates can be used at border check points.

"People can continue to make their travel plans with confidence that things won't change until at least the end of 2020.

"As the UK's most trusted travel association, Abta has been actively providing advice to travellers throughout the Brexit process and will continue to do so as the longer term relationship with the EU becomes clearer."

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