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With so much uncertainty about what Brexit will mean for the UK, it is hard to know how our lives will be affected after the 31st October. However, Green Motion want to help prepare you for travelling to a post-Brexit EU. Whether you are looking for a much needed holiday or have a vital meeting you need to get to, there is no denying that there are many reasons you may need to travel to mainland Europe after the 31st October.
With a No-Deal Brexit looking like a real possibility, let's look at what that could mean for travel. Even in the event of this happening, current information from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), states that travel will be protected by contingency legislation or international law. Both the UK Government and European Commission are in agreement that it is vital that travel links are protected, so there are no plans to stop flights to and from the UK even if no deal is reached.
Now that we know that we can catch a flight to the EU, what are we going to need to get in? The first thing we need to look at is our passport. The UK Government recommends that you have at least 6 months left on your passport from the date of your arrival in the EU. However, if you renewed your 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport. We would advise that you check out the GOV.UK website, as they have created this handy tool to help you check. If you do need to renew your passport we recommend that you do this sooner rather than later to ensure that you have it in time for your travel plans. This can be done online or at your local post office.
We have our passports ready to go, what next? It has already been confirmed that you will not need a visa for short-term business and leisure trips. However, if we don't reach a deal by the 31st October, any European Health Insurance Cards issued by the UK will no longer be valid. This means that it is strongly advised that you make sure you are covered by a Travel Insurance policy before travelling. Always make sure that you check the Terms & Conditions thoroughly and that your provider is aware of any existing medical conditions. For more information on Travel Insurance, visit here.
With our flights booked, our passports in hand and our travel insurance purchased, now we can look at what we are going to do when we get there. With a list of sights to see as long as your arm or a meeting that you cannot be late for, self-drive vehicle hire is by far the most cost-effective, convenient and efficient way to travel around your chosen destination. Can we still drive in the EU? For some countries in the EU, you will need to purchase an International Driving Permit in order to drive in them after the 31st October. There are three different types of IDP, so it is important that you get the correct one for the country that you intend to travel to. We recommend that you check out the GOV.UK website on this to see which one you need. It couldn't be easier to get your IDP, which currently cost just £5.50 when purchased from your local post office. You can also get them from the RAC and AA. We recommend that you allow 15 working days for your IDP to arrive, but the process can be expedited through certain services to just 1-2 working days for an additional cost.
Operating in many countries in the EU, Green Motion are just as committed to providing the very best of car rental experiences no matter what the outcome of Brexit. Our customer services team and reservations team are always on hand and can be reached here if you have any further questions regarding your travel plans for after the 31st October. We hope that if you have been holding back on booking a trip due to Brexit that this article will reassure you that there is no reason to delay. Book online now to enjoy your Green Motion experience at the best prices.