Welsh holidaymakers planning their getaway to Europe next year have been urged to carry out a Brexit ‘MOT’ before Britain officially leaves the EU.
Most people in Wales have taken no action to prepare for potential changes that could affect travel in Europe after 11pm on Friday, March 29, 2019.
Possible post-Brexit changes to travel could include Brits needing visas to visit France or flights being grounded – and anyone hoping to take a pet abroad will need to visit a vet at least four months before the trip.
But nearly nine in ten (86%) people in Wales say they have not researched AT ALL about how Brexit could affect their holiday plans, according to a survey for sister cruise companies Scenic and Emerald Waterways.
And 79% of those surveyed in Wales say they are completely unaware of potential changes to passport regulations and disruption to travel in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Currently Brits can enter any Schengen area country even if their passport only has a day left before it expires – but if there is no deal, travellers may not be able to visit these countries unless they have six months left on their passport.
The government has advised adults and children to renew passports that have less than six months’ validity at the time of any planned trip.
But just five per cent of people in Wales have renewed their passport and just seven per cent say they have checked their insurance company’s Brexit Terms and Conditions.
Forty-three per cent of Brits surveyed said they have visited an EU country in the past year but a quarter (23%) of those said they would consider not booking a trip to an EU country because of fears around Brexit uncertainty.
And 30% of travellers in Wales said they would avoid booking travel to EU countries during the end of March or early April 2019 because of Brexit uncertainties.
A plummeting pound, rising prices and the threat of no access to medical care are putting British holidaymakers off travelling to some of their favourite European destinations.
Colin Downing, MD of Scenic and Emerald Waterways said:
“I would urge anyone planning a summer holiday to the continent next year to carry out a thorough MOT of their arrangements to make sure they are as ready as possible for their trip and not to let Brexit doubts ruin their holiday.
“We talk to our customers all the time but wanted a clearer picture of how much they really understood about Brexit and how it may affect holiday plans which is why we commissioned this survey.
“The results have made us realise that Britain needs to wake up. We’re passionate about supporting our customers and want to help them take action with our three-step plan.
“By just checking your passport and going through your insurance T&Cs now you’ll be better prepared for next year.
“We’ve also introduced our Emerald Waterways Guarantee and Scenic Brexit Assurance which means our customers won’t be hit with any additional surcharges or price rises and means they can look forward to their 2019 holiday whatever happens with Brexit.”