Go to France in summer 2019? - YES YOU CAN !
With Brexit now delayed until probably the end of October and little real prospect of anything happening before then, there is no reason to miss out on your relaxing holiday in France.
Some holidaymakers have been holding back before booking to see how the situation develops. Now that things are more or less settled for the summer it's business as usual - the remaining summer availability is being snapped up.
The no-deal has now been firmly rejected, so why worry? Even if a deal is struck with Brussels before the summer and Brexit happens, 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 already booked their 2019 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 have bumped up the potential number of crossings to allow for the catastrophic scenario of having to ferry vital merchandise in the event of a no-deal...
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. As nothing is likely to happen this summer, this will probably NOT be an issue. In any case, the prospect of needing a visa has been rejected in legislation, on both sides of the channel.
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 for this summer. 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 summer.
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 scenario of no-deal, you would need an International Driving Permit to drive in Europe, 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 there are NO worries for this summer.
After Brexit, in the unlikely event that it happens before the summer, 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, although the financial markets have calmed down now that there is probably a clear 6 months ahead. Despite a huge drop after the referendum, the Pound is now back up to what it was before and we have in fact seen good rates over the last few months. 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 1.15 it's 1739 GBP, at 1.11 it's 1802 GBP. Is £63 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 are now being 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!
In the unlikely event that there is a Brexit before this summer, mobile phone roaming charges may come back throughout 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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