Go to France in 2020 - YES YOU CAN !
With the Brexit finally underway there is no reason to miss out on your relaxing holiday in France in 2020. The exchange rate has leaded upwards (reaching 1.2€ to the Pound on the 12th of December 2019) so now's the time to get back to France.
Some holidaymakers have held back before booking to see how the situation developed. However, buisnees is back to normal now with the summer availability being quickly snapped up. Don't wait too long and miss the opportunity to get the holiday villa that you want!
Whatever the final outcome, both sides of the channel know full well that the tourist industry MUST go on as usual, as the contributions to the GDP are immense! The prospect of any border hassle was stated by President Macron as being "fake news". Millions of UK travellers have booked their 2020 holiday in France with this in mind. With a few straightforward precautions you can book now with confidence.
Even if, heaven forbid, there was an no-deal, the EU has made it clear that air travel will NOT be affected, based on a reciprocal effort on both sides, and for at least 9 months after the exit.
Since this is controlled by international maritime law, this will NOT be affected. There may even be more crossings available as ferry companies predict a massive upturn in visiteurs to France.
As a just-in-case no deal measure, the UK government advises you to make sure your passport is less than ten years old, and has at least six months left on it. The prospect of needing a visa has been rejected in legislation, on both sides of the channel so this should NOT be an issue.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) guarantees all people living in an EU country entitlement to the same health care as locals when visiting a member state. After Brexit, this will depend on the deal with the EU, but nothing is likely to change immediately. The new European Travel Information and Authorisation Scheme (ETIAS) certificate will cost about £6.30, however, the ETIAS won't be launched until 2021, so this will NOT be required for 2020.
In all cases, it is always advisable to have Travel Insurance when going abroad. This is only a minor expense compared with the peace of mind both for your health cover and all the usual problems that might arise.
In the worst case, you might need an International Driving Permit to drive in Europe in the future, as the British driving license would no longer be recognised. These can be bought over the counter at most Post Offices and cost £5.50. In the current state of affaires this might be needed for 2020 holidays in France, although a "soft deal" will probably give a period of grace.
After Brexit, it may be necessary to have a "green card" to prove that you have valid car insurance. You would need to get this from your insurance company, so make sure you allow enough time.
This also applies if you hire a car through a UK hire company, although they will have to supply the "green card" and should be set up to do this. If you book a hire car from a French company you will not need a green card.
The GBP / EURO exchange rate is obviously volatile at the moment, and the financial markets react quickly to the evolution of the Brexit situation. Despite a huge drop after the referendum, we have now seen a magnificent upturn of the Pound/Euro rate, reaching 1.2€/GBP in december. If a pragmatic deal is ratified the rate should settle back to a reasonably high level. If you're worried that the pound may fall between now and the date of you holiday, you can use a "currency card" to lock in your exchange rate, for example FairFX Money Card.
However, don't get over-worried about this aspect. If you take the example of an accommodation at 2000 Euros; at a rate of 1.20 it's 1667 GBP, at 1.15 it's 1739 GBP. Is £72 more really going to stop you booking your holiday?
When possible, this is often a more comfortable solution. There are always problems with air travel; strikes, cancelled flights, stepped-up border control checks and all the rest. Travelling to northern France by ferry may just be that little safeguard that's worth having. You can still get great weather by choosing the Vendee or the Charente / Charente Maritime - just far enough south to make the difference. For example, the Vendee on the west coast is only a 3 hour drive from St Malo or 4 hours from Caen. See Travelling distances to the Vendee from the channel ports.
If you book self-catered accommodation you always save money and can also mix cooking at home and eating out to spread you budget further. A good quality holiday villa means that you will spend less on days out and holiday activities. A villa with swimming pool often means that it is hard to persuade the family to go out ! Check out some of our quality villas with pool in the Vendee.
With the volatile tourist market at the moment, there are many discounted holiday rentals available, as owners and agencies aleady hedge their bets to make sure they fill the season. These bargains will be quickly snapped up as confidence returns, so it's best to decide as early as possible. It's always annoying to find that the fabulous villa at a discounted price that you really wanted is no longer available for your dates!
After Brexit, UK mobile phone roaming charges may come back for Europe. Booking a holiday property with free wifi will mean that the whole family can still stay in touch, with Facetime, Skype and Whatsapp. Most holiday rental websites will clearly show whether there is wifi at the property. The Vendee holiday villas shown on this page all have free wifi.
It makes sense to prepare things in advance, just in case.
This article has been based on a summary of the information available at the time of writing. Decisions may be taken or events may occur, at any time, that could change the requirements or restrictions for travelling outside Great Britain. In any doubt, please refer to the appropriate government body for up to date information.
The Vendee is probably the best compromise for distance, weather and value for money in France. Need convincing? See some videos of the Vendee.
Choose the right holiday property - We have a range of specially selected holiday cottages, gites and villas in the Vendee. We know every property, so we can answer any question that you may have.
Get the best deals on your ferry, or flight and car hire - It can be difficult to get the best deal when juggling the accommodation reservation and the travel at the same time - a "chicken and egg" situation... We can to hold an option for you on your chosen property while you book your travel, giving you more time to get the best prices. Our Vendee travel page has suggestions to help you as well as distances from the ferry ports to allow you to compare crossings and journey times easily. There are also details of the fly-drive options for the Vendee. The usual budget airlines go to Nantes and La Rochelle, leaving only a short drive into the Vendee.
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