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This might be the perfect opportunity for your first good passport photo. If we end up with no-deal Brexit, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office have stated that you’ll need at least six months left on your UK passport to travel to Europe. It’s also important to remember that any months you have on your passport from a previous early renewal won’t count. So, if your passport will be older than 9 years and 6 months on the date you want to travel, it’s time for a renew. Say cheese!
Leaving the EU could cause holiday prices to rise, but because the British love to holiday it’s in the interest of many popular destinations to keep prices affordable for UK tourists. Inclusive packages (like BRB, ahem ahem) could protect you from currency exchange wobbles, although it’s possible that holiday prices might actually go down after we leave. Either way, booking and paying for parts of your trip (like food, drink and entertainment) in advance could save you from potentially higher prices you’d face once you’re abroad.
Under EU rules, the cost of phone calls, texts and using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK. If the UK leaves without a deal these rules will no longer apply, so make sure to check EU rates with your provider before you travel. Some UK mobile companies have said they might continue the same rates after we leave the EU, so there’s hope that you can still afford constant photo updates to the fam back home.
At the moment, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows UK tourists access to free or reduced cost healthcare within the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal then this handy card will no longer be valid, and even if we do leave with a deal, the terms of this benefit will be up for renewal in 2020. There’s never been a better time to invest in some travel insurance that covers the costs of healthcare overseas, as well as other unexpected travel-related issues. Better safe than sorry.
Whatever happens after 29th March 2019, we hope you’re not put off exploring all that the EU has to offer. Travel broadens the mind and cheers up our Instagram feeds, so put your non-EU passport to work this year!