Prepared for a post-Brexit world? A million Britons despatched texts reminding them to resume their passports as UK gears up go away the EU
- The Dwelling Workplace’s ‘Get Prepared for Brexit’ marketing campaign is in full swing
- It alerts folks to the preparations they should make earlier than Brexit
- These embrace textual content messages reminding folks to resume their passports
A million folks receiving a textual content message warning them about passport renewals forward of the Brexit deadline ought to observe it’s NOT a rip-off.
Although it’d appear to be one, it’s a real dispatch from the Dwelling Workplace as a part of its ‘Get Prepared for Brexit’ marketing campaign – alerting folks to the preparations they should make earlier than the UK separates from the European Union on the deliberate deadline of October 31.
Individuals who didn’t obtain a textual content message previously fortnight ought to nonetheless examine their passport is legitimate for future journey past the beginning of November. It is because texts have been solely despatched to those that offered a cellular quantity once they final renewed their passports.
Renewing a passport can take three weeks and prices £75.50 if accomplished on-line
In a post-Brexit world, and within the occasion of a No Deal, these going overseas will want passports with no less than six months remaining on them and that are lower than ten years previous.
Earlier renewals may need added unused months from an previous passport to a brand new one. However these ‘additional’ months received’t rely after October 31 – except journey to Eire.
Renewing a passport can take three weeks and prices £75.50 if accomplished on-line – £85 through a paper utility. You may as well get the Submit Workplace to ‘examine and ship’ a passport utility to make sure it’s accomplished accurately. This features a picture and prices an additional £15.40.
Go to gov.uk/renew-adult-passport/renew to start out the method, or go to a Submit Workplace department that gives a ‘examine and ship’ service. One kind of passport which will now not be accepted is one belonging to a pet. In that case, 4 months’ ahead planning is suggested to rearrange an official veterinary certificates for animal journey.
In addition to passport preparations, travellers might want to examine any insurance coverage they’ve, guidelines for driving overseas – and telephone prices utilized by cellular networks for calls, texts and web searching whereas overseas.
A European Well being Insurance coverage Card (EHIC) grants holidaymakers entry to healthcare throughout Europe for a similar value as native residents – free in lots of circumstances. However this may occasionally now not be legitimate after the top of the month.
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Consultants advocate the necessity for complete journey insurance coverage. This won’t solely cowl emergency medical payments whereas abroad, but additionally vacation cancellations, theft, and repatriation to the UK.
Sally Jaques, journey skilled at comparability web site GoCompare, says: ‘The quilt offered by an EHIC has been overestimated by many British holidaymakers. Travellers must be arranging journey insurance coverage as quickly as they ebook a vacation to benefit from useful cancellation cowl.’
Journey insurance coverage for most individuals is affordable – with the common coverage for a single journey to Spain coming in at £10. Folks with pre-existing medical situations ought to use a dealer to get the most effective deal.
The British Insurance coverage Brokers’ Affiliation can match customers with brokers – go to biba.org.uk or name 0370 950 1790. These planning to drive overseas ought to contact their automotive insurer forward of departure. Jaques provides: ‘If the UK leaves and not using a deal, these driving in an EU nation may have a Inexperienced Card for his or her automotive insurance coverage to be legitimate.’
The Affiliation of British Insurers recommends contacting an insurance coverage supplier no less than 4 weeks earlier than journey to rearrange such a card. An Worldwide Driving Allow may additionally be wanted from subsequent month if No Deal is in place. This is able to apply to Cyprus, France and Italy, for instance.
To examine whether or not this rule applies in a vacation spot nation, go to postoffice.co.uk/id/international-driving-permit.
Utilizing a cell phone overseas in Europe now prices not more than it does at dwelling. The foremost cellular networks – EE, O2, Vodafone and Three – have all advised this received’t change a lot after Brexit, no less than within the brief time period, however holidaymakers ought to contact their community for the most recent recommendation forward of journey. Even when prices do improve, there’s an computerized £45-a-month cap on web information prices except a buyer opts out of the restrict.
For particulars about journey in Europe publish Brexit go to gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit.