Brexit – Will it affect my holiday?

Ah, Brexit. We seem to hear nothing else in the news, but there is still a great deal of uncertainty about what it means going forward, especially for holidaymakers who are travelling post January 31st 2020. But don’t fear – we’d like to put your mind at rest by being clear about how Brexit will affect your TOTS holiday plans.

This advice comes from the key official guidelines and assurances issued by UK authorities and the wider travel industry.

Step One: Check you have at least 6 months left on your passport from the date of your arrival back in the UK.

The UK Passport Office has advised travellers to double check this before they fly. This is good standard practice and a wise precaution regardless – and most countries outside Europe require this anyway. This applies to both adult and child passengers, so make sure to check everyone’s passports!

With the potential for a ‘No-deal’ Brexit, we recommend checking both your own and your children’s passport expiry dates and renewing if required, sooner rather than later. Don’t forget that children’s passports are only valid for 5 years, so they are more likely to need renewing.

Use this link to double check whether your passport will be valid or not for your trip.

An extra something to note (taken from the website)
If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with a “no deal.”

Step Two: Understand your flight situation


The European Parliament has voted in support of UK airlines still flying out to, making stops in and flying over the airspace of EU countries, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  This means you can still book flights with confidence, so you shouldn’t have any concerns about how Brexit might affect your plans to travel to your holiday destination. 

You might be concerned that your booked flights will be at risk – however, both the UK Government and the EU have very clearly stated that flights will continue in any event.

You can read the full ABTA advice statement HERE. Please see a screenshot below.

Step Three: Organise comprehensive insurance

Regardless of Brexit, you should always organise comprehensive travel insurance for your holiday before you travel. As soon as you’ve booked, look into getting this organised ASAP to ensure that your family and your trip are fully protected.

Step Four: International Driving Permits (IDPs)

Post Brexit, a driver will need TWO IDPs if they’re planning on driving through France and on into Spain.

Until 31st January 2019, you can apply for a 1926 and 1949 IDP from 98 UK Post Offices, or by mail order from the AA or RAC.

From 1st February 2019, you will only be able to get 1926, 1949 and 1968 IPDs over the counter from 2,500 UK Post Offices.

Each IPD will cost you £5.50.

Whilst we are unable to sort out Brexit (!) we hope we have helped to ease your 2020 family travel concerns.

Please do let us know if you have any questions by calling 0800 014 2770 or by emailing

Visit Tots to Travel to book your 2020 family holiday now!

Wendy Shand
Wendy Shand

Wendy Shand is the founding director of Tots To Travel, mum of three, award winning mumpreneur, traveler, business enthusiast and author of ‘The Mother of Invention’.

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