We’re aware that Brexit is causing some concerns about travel to France, so we put some FAQs to Spring Harvest Holidays CEO Steve May-Miller.
Will I need a visa to visit France next year?
Even in the case of a “no deal” Brexit, the EU & UK have confirmed we’d continue to have visa-free travel this year and next. There are seventeen million visits to France by UK residents each year and France is keen to retain our tourist business – so it’s pretty unlikely that France will impose any significant barriers to entry.
There is a lot of talk about border delays. Am I likely to be held up by immigration and passport checks?
It may take a little longer to get through passport and customs controls but personally I doubt they will be any worse than a bad day on the M25.
Will my UK driving license be valid in France?
If there’s a no-deal Brexit, we may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for driving in the EU. I obtained one recently for driving in Montenegro – it involved a visit to the Post Office with my UK driving license and photo ID, a cost of £5.50 and about six minutes of my time.
What about my car insurance?
This should be fine, although we’re likely to need Green Cards, as was the case some years ago. You get this from your insurance company at no cost. It’s not a card by the way although it should be printed on green paper. The RAC tells me that European insurers have agreed that Green Cards won’t be needed but the EU needs to approve this decision.
Will I still be able to use my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to cover most medical situations?
That probably depends on whether we leave the EU with a deal or not. In the worst case, we may have to use our travel insurance policies to pick up medical costs rather than the EHIC system. Always check your travel insurance carefully, especially for pre-existing medical conditions.
The answers above are the personal views of our CEO. Until Brexit happens and the resulting arrangements are clear, we cannot make guarantees. We will however keep you briefed via our website and emails.