Published date: 30 June 2016

Your questions answered

The result of the recent referendum on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union has been announced, and the British people have voted to leave the EU.

The Prime Minister has stated that there will be no initial change in the way people travel. Travellers are as free to move between the UK and the EU as they were before, European Health Insurance cards remain valid and regulations such as Air Passenger Rights remain in place. People due to travel this year and next year will see no changes to their holiday. Once the UK formally notifies the EU of its intention to leave, the remaining Member States will have up to two years to offer the UK a deal for a future trading relationship and during this period holidaymakers will not see any immediate changes.

• Will the price of my holiday increase? NO
If you have already booked a holiday or book now with Diamond Holidays or The River Cruise Line we will guarantee the price of your holiday will not increase – you will not be asked to pay a penny more!

• Will Brexit affect my holiday arrangements? NO
Until the UK officially leaves the EU, no sooner than in two years’ time, there will be no changes to holiday arrangements. Travellers are as free to move between the UK and the EU as they were before the vote, European Health Insurance cards remain valid and regulations such as Air Passenger Rights remain in place.

• If I travel to Europe this summer, is my passport still valid? YES
Until the UK officially leaves the EU, no sooner than in two years’ time, there will be no changes to passports.

• I’ve booked a holiday for next year – do I need to do anything? NO
Until the UK officially leaves the EU, no sooner than in two years’ time, there will be no changes to holiday arrangements.

• Do I need a new passport? NO
Until the UK officially leaves the EU, no sooner than in two years’ time, there will be no change to passport arrangements.

• Will I use the same queue at the airport? YES
The same queue as you did before the vote. Until the UK officially leaves the EU, no sooner than in two years’ time, there will be no change to passport arrangements.

• Do I need a visa to go to European countries? NO
Until the UK officially leaves the EU, no sooner than in two years’ time, there will be no change to passport arrangements.

• Can I still use my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)? YES
You can still use your EHIC card abroad. There will be no immediate changes to using your EHIC card abroad. Arrangements between the UK and other EU countries will have to be reached once the UK officially leaves the EU.

• What about duty free? Can I still bring goods home? YES
You can still bring goods home until we officially leave the EU. The free movement of goods will be part of a negotiated settlement with the EU.

• What about using my mobile phone abroad – will roaming charges increase? NO
There will be no immediate changes to using your phone abroad, and there won’t be an immediate impact on charges. The UK Government will need to implement a new law on roaming charges after we leave the EU, otherwise the service providers will be free to set roaming charges.

• Can I still withdraw money from cashpoints abroad? YES
You can continue to take out cash, as normal.

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