Abta has updated its advice on how Brexit will affect holidaymakers as the UK prepares to leave the EU at the end of the month.
The country is set to enter a “transition period” after 31 January until the end of 2020 when EU rules and regulations will continue to apply in the UK.
During this period, all travel requirements and arrangements will remain the same for UK visitors to the 27 EU states, including passport rules and having access to the same border gates as they do now.
Abta research shows that nearly one-third of Britons (31%) remain unsure about how Brexit will affect their travel plans. Traffic to the association’s “Brexit advice for travellers” website page has risen by nearly 400% since last month’s general election.
Mark Tanzer, Abta’s chief executive, said: “The UK is primed to enter a new Brexit phase from 31 January, when trade talks begin, and when it does nothing will change when it comes to travel.
“This means that valid passports can still be used, Ehic (European Health Insurance Card) cards will still be valid and the same gates can be used at border checkpoints. People can continue to make their travel plans with confidence that things won’t change until at least the end of 2020.
“As the UK’s most trusted travel association, Abta has been actively providing advice to travellers throughout the Brexit process and will continue to do so as the longer-term relationship with the EU becomes clearer.”