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Deal or No Deal - Brexit will not affect your 2020 holiday!

Beyond Brexit Holidays

Chiefs at ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) recently announced your 2020 European holiday will not be affected by Brexit!

ABTA have welcomed the latest extension to the Brexit deadline. As no matter how the UK leaves the EU, with a deal or no-deal, much would remain the same throughout next year.

According to Luke Petherbridge, consumers can book with confidence due to the buffer period. “We know throughout 2020 everything is going to stay as it is. That’s great news and something we need to shout from the rooftops.”

Contingencies Are in Place

An agreement has been drawn up allowing UK-EU flights to continue until 24 October 2020 which could be extended if the prospect of a no-deal Brexit remained come the end of next year. “That contingency could be replicated,” he went on to say.

I’ve heard from many existing and prospective clients that possible changes worry them but ABTA’s Petherbridge stresses it is unlikely that the EU would require British tourists to obtain visas to visit unless the UK government imposes visas on EU citizens.

Luke Petherbridge is the head of public affairs and he was speaking at the European Tourism Association’s Brexit Seminar last month. In his update he went on to add that ABTA are raising a number of issues with the UK government that they consider the biggest risks to the travel industry.

ABTA’s chief executive Mark Tanzer said the organisation’s focus would revert to highlighting the travel sector’s contribution to UK GDP, employment and maintaining consumer confidence.

The ABTA website is full of advice for travellers about Brexit

You may be asked to pay more after booking if Brexit increases costs

With all the uncertainty some tour operators have opened up about the possibility of surcharges even if you’ve booked your 2020 holiday. The savings guru, Martin Lewis’ website asked 15 major package holiday firms whether customers who’ve already booked or book between now and 31 January could be asked to pay more.

Five firms haven’t ruled out surcharges. They are Easyjet Holidays, Jet2 Holidays,, Loveholidays and Virgin Holidays.

Two firms haven’t ruled out a surcharge in some cases. Teletext Holidays said there will definitely be no surcharge if you booked before 12 February 2019, but wouldn’t rule it out for those who’ve booked since.

Eight firms promise you WON’T have to pay a post-Brexit surcharge. Balkan Holidays, British Airways Holidays, Brittany Ferries Holidays, First Choice, Olympic Holidays, On the Beach, Saga and TUI told MoneySavingExpert they will definitely not increase prices (though some technically have a clause in their T&Cs allowing them to do so).

I hope this goes some way to improve your confidence when planning your 2020 European holiday. If you have any questions about the impact on your plans then get in touch. If you would like to start planning your 2020 holiday then call 01254 205300 or email

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