Travel Tips

Our Brexit Travel Tips

Aerial Photo of Faggio | Invitation to Tuscany
Aerial Photo of Faggio | Invitation to Tuscany

 

In the UK it seems we can talk or think of little else at the moment, and the resolution is no clearer now than it was in 2016.

Here are our Brexit insights on what the risks really are and what to look out for.

The risks are all relative to a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Any other outcome will leave everything unchanged until December 2020, if not even later. So everything below is to do with a ‘no deal’ outcome.

Your Villa Booking with us

All of our villa bookings already have a currency guarantee and are covered by the Credit Card Protection scheme. In addition to this we’re happy to offer you a special series of Brexit discounts.

We’ve asked our best owners to give you a series of discounts for bookings made before the 29th of March – up to 30% off and you can see them here: The Brexit Villa Discounts

BTW – If you’re outside the UK, you can still take advantage of these discounts!

Whatever happens after the 29th of March we guarantee that your sterling price won’t change –  you are protected against any currency fluctuations.

In addition to this by paying with your credit card you are automatically covered by the Credit Card Protection assurance. Even if you only pay the deposit of the villa with a credit card you will be covered for the entire amount. For more details see here: Credit Card Protection

Vineyards in Tuscany
Vineyards surround Villa Scaparzi in Tuscany.

Deal vs No Deal

DEAL: If a deal goes through before the deadline then we enter the transition period which will last until at least December 2020, or until December 2022 should both sides agree to it. In this case nothing will change until the end of the transition period, so none of the points below apply. Everything will continue as at present.

NO DEAL: In the case of No Deal, then there are some risks, and it’s unclear how much has been done to mitigate against them, though both sides will be working as hard as possible to make sure that there is as little disruption as possible.

Passports

If we leave with no deal you should have at least 6 months validity from your date of arrival into Italy or France – so if you arrive on the 10th of April, for example, the expiry date on your passport must be later than the 10th of October of the same year.

The Gov.uk website has a handy passport checker.

Visas will not be required for Italy and France, though there may be a Visa Waiver system, costing €7, which would then be valid for 3 years. 

Travel Insurance

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) currently guarantees EU citizens access to members states’ health services, meaning that you can visit a GP are covered for medical problems while abroad. In the case of a no-deal Brexit UK EHIC Cards may not be valid.

In any case, it is always important to have travel insurance with good medical cover, but this will become particularly important if we leave the EU without a deal.

Ballooning in Chianti
Ballooning over Chianti

Flights

In the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit airlines would no longer be part of the internal market for air services. This means that the airlines would have to seek individual permissions to operate from UK and EU. The positions of the UK and of the EU is that an agreement would be found to continue flights with no disruption. 

It would not be in the interest of any EU country or the UK to restrict the choice of destinations that could be served.  Airlines wishing to operate flights between the UK and Europe would seek individual permission and it is envisaged that most EU countries will reciprocate to ensure continuity.

The government page with up to date information is here: Flights to and from the UK in the case of no deal.

Your Passenger rights will continue to apply as they are retained in UK law by the Withdrawal Act.

If a deal is agreed, the transition period means everything remains as normal until 31 December 2020.

Driving in Europe

In the case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit you may need to obtain an IDP (International Driving Permit) to carry together with your driving licence. The cost of this is £ 5.50 and you can collect one from your local Post Office. In some cases different countries will require different IDPs.

The Post Office has a website where you can check if you need one or not – but be warned! At the moment they are showing the requirements for driving abroad in the case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. If there is a deal, then these guidelines might change.

Post Office International Driving Permit

Car Insurance. If you decide to drive down with your own vehicle, you may need a green card. You can contact your car insurers and ask them to issue you with one. There may be a small charge for this, and do allow for time between order and arrival. For more government advice on driving in the EU, see the guidance here: Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit

Ape Three Wheeler in Tuscany

Currency Fluctuations

You may be worried about the value of Sterling once you go on holiday. One way to guard against this is to buy a pre-loaded debit card at a fixed rate. We don’t have any recommendations so here is the money supermarket page with a choice of possible cards.

Prepaid Euro Cards

 

Conclusion

Italy and France remain the UK’s favourite places for villa holidays – don’t miss out and book your summer stay today. 

Brexit Discount for next:

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All of our villa bookings already have a currency guarantee and are covered by the Credit Card Protection scheme. In addition to this we’re happy to offer you a special series of Brexit discounts.

We’ve asked our best owners to give you a series of discounts for bookings made before the 29th of March for travel in 2019 – up to 30% off and you can see them here: The Brexit Villa Discounts

Pipstrelli Luxury Villa for 14
Pipstrelli Luxury Villa for 14 near Siena

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