We’ve had a few people asking what might happen. Clearly there’s a lot of uncertainly as Brexit may not happen, it may be with a deal or it could be without a deal. The only certainty is that there’s going to be a lot of uncertainty in the next few months.
We’ve done some analysis of the wort case scenario – UK leaves the EU without a deal in place. Here’s what we think would be affected:-
Your Stay at UCPA – legally Action Outdoors operates as an agent of UCPA. So effectively you have a booking with UCPA, a French Organisation. They will, of course, run as normal in France regardless of any form of Brexit. All employees are French contracted so there are no staffing issues. So we feel that there would be no effect on that part of your holiday.
Your Flights – there appears to have been an agreement for flights to continue to operate even if there is no deal, so any flight that you have booked should be OK.
Your Transfers – we work with French registered companies who operate the vehicles and employ the drivers for your transfers. We don’t expect these to be affected.
Your Coach Travel – there is a separate agreement concerning coach travel in and out of Europe – “Interbus”. The EU has already signed law that will allow the UK to continue to run coach services even if there is a no deal Brexit. Our partner SnowExpress is already approved under the current and the new scheme.
Passport Control – Tourism accounts for around 10% of the French GDP. Already the French have clearly stated that they will protect this part of their economy. The EU has already passed laws to confirm that short stay visitors to the EU from UK will not require visas. We would expect more checks to be made, so there could well be delays at passport control.
Health Cover – if we leave without a deal then your EHIC card will no longer be valid, unless a separate agreement is made before then. The best advice we can offer on this is to make sure that your holiday insurance provides adequate cover for you – check the small print !
So in summary we feel that it’s unlikely that your holiday will be affected, other than probably some delays with passport / immigration checks. There’s precious little official guidance available for the moment, but you can keep updated on the official government website here. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france. The travel organisation ABTA, of which Action Outdoors are full members has this guidance https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers