Recent news articles have implied that British holidaymakers could be banned from entering the EU after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31, 2020, which has caused a lot of confusion for those planning an early 2021 getaway.
So, here at Travel Insurance Explained we thought we’d take this opportunity to clear some of the confusion up around these rumours.
If we leave the European Union (EU) without a deal, Brexit may cause a little bit of disruption when it comes to travel. For example, delays at ports and longer queues at border control.
However, a no-deal Brexit will not mean that Brits are automatically banned from entering other EU countries altogether. What may restrict Brits from being allowed to visit certain EU countries is a rise in the number of Covid-19 infection cases in the UK. Similar to how we prevent residents from certain countries from visiting the UK at the moment.
So, what can tourists do to mitigate any disruption caused by Brexit or Covid-19? Well, the most important thing to do is to make sure that you have a travel insurance policy that suits your needs in place to protect your trip, preferably one that covers for disruption caused by any unforeseen and unavoidable events (e.g., to protect your holiday if long delays at the airport mean you are no longer able to go on your trip or miss a connecting onward journey).
On top of this, holidaymakers should ensure that their policy has cover for any Covid-related expenses, with medical costs being the most important element to look out for. That way, if you do fall ill with Covid-19 either before or during your trip, you’ll be covered. However, it is important to note that you will not, at the time of writing, be able to buy a travel insurance policy that covers you for cancellation as a result of changes in government advice due to Covid-19.
And while no-one can guarantee that the countries on the travel corridor list now will be the same next year, we would recommend keeping an eye on the government advice for the destination you plan to visit before you book. That way, if you do need to change your trip destination, you have plenty of time to do so.