Brexit chaos could finally have transitioned into holiday confidence for worried Britons. UK travellers are to take heart from the latest political developments regarding the UK’s separation from the European Union, according to ABTA. Yesterday, it was revealed the UK will leave the EU on October 31, 2019, after months of uncertainty. Whether this is with a deal, or a no deal scenario – where the separation would occur with no specific plans of how to go forward – is as yet unclear.
Yet in light of the new departure date, ABTA has pledged travellers should take “total confidence”.
The body has forecast a boost in holiday bookings with UK residents reassured by the fact they can still travel to Europe, Visa free, just as they did before.
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: “The Brexit extension provides certainty for people’s travel plans going into the summer, meaning they can continue to book and travel without the uncertainties that come with a no-deal Brexit.
“While many people have already made their holiday plans for this Summer, booking early to get the holiday of their choice, others have been waiting to see what happens with Brexit.
“Today’s announcement should give people total confidence to book their holidays and travel arrangements.”
Talking of a predicted rocket in holiday bookings, he added: “Easter is traditionally a popular time to book a Summer holiday.
“The return to popularity of Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, not to mention the rise of Bulgaria, is making prices really competitive, including in popular destinations throughout the Western Mediterranean.”
Meanwhile, pet passports – a source of huge concern for many – will also remain the same until October 31.
Last week, the EU confirmed Britons will not need a visa to travel to the EU – even if it leaves the bloc without a deal.
The decision came amid huge controversy within the European Parliament over the way the draft legislation hailed Gibraltar a “colony”, which had been a huge sticking point in the entire legislation.
Bulgarian EU lawmaker Sergei Stanishev, told the body of the immediacy of the decision ahead of April 12 – the UK’s original scheduled date to leave the EU in a no deal scenario.
He said: “The 12th of April is coming and the faith of millions of UK citizens and EU citizens and their right to travel is in our hands,” he said when asking the committee to back the proposal.”
The EU Parliament then ratified the plans.
The measures give Britons visa-free travel to the EU even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, on condition that Britain offers the same terms to EU citizens visiting for up to 90 days.
The EU has previously stated it will allow UK citizens visa fee travel after Brexit, if they are taking a short trip.
It would apply for a period of 90-180 days for those travelling to any of the 26 Schengen countries.