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Five tips to Brexit-proof your Easter holiday

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28/02/2019
The UK government appears determined to go to the wire on the Brexit negotiations. If you’re planning to go away over the Easter holidays, you should start planning now to make sure your holiday isn’t ruined.

Check your passport expiry

The Government is now recommending that holidaymakers need at least six months left on their passports from the date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports. If you don’t, you will need to apply for a new passport before travelling. It usually takes around 3-4 weeks to get a new passport, but you can pay extra to get one issued urgently.

Consider changing currency

Sterling is currently at its highest level against the Euro in almost two years. If a ‘no deal’ Brexit becomes a possibility once again, it is likely to plummet. Consider changing some holiday currency today to protect yourself. If you don’t have the cash today, some exchange services will allow you to reserve currency at today’s price for a future date, paying only a small deposit.

Check the driving situation

The UK is currently trying to negotiate an agreement with the EU for it to recognise UK driving licences. Should this not happen, those wanting to drive abroad may require an additional permit should Britain leave the EU without a deal. International driving licenses can be bought at participating Post Offices for £5.50.

Book fast track

There a fair chance that passport queues could increase. Brits travelling to Spain have already been warned they could face passport queue delays of up to five hours because of the extra checks necessary if the UK does crash out of the EU. This is particularly true in high pressure airports such as Alicante. Upgrading to Fast Track passport control only costs around £5 and can be organised through the airports’ websites.

Check your insurance

The European Commission and the UK government have said flights should operate as normal, but only ‘basic connectivity’. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned of uncertainty for travellers. Make sure you have travel insurance, check what it covers, and pack for queues.

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