Because the political temperature rises, the invective about journey after Brexit is changing into ever extra shrill – particularly on social media. In case you end up on the receiving finish of some “info” about journey procedures over the following few years, and are not sure about its veracity, enable me to assist with a trio of matters which have been swirling round in our on-line world.

On Thursday I wrote that the European Parliament had voted by 502 to 81 in favour of permitting British travellers to make brief visits to the EU with out a visa, within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit.

On Twitter, T J Seeker was fast to reply: “One other remoaner lie – Brits needing visas for journey round EU put up Brexit: EXPOSED!”

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Properly, had MEPs not voted for the concession, we’d have been third-country nationals who wanted visas. Additionally, from 2021 when the European Journey Data and Authorisation System (Etias) comes into impact, UK travellers might want to apply upfront for permission to go to the European Union.

Whereas Etias shouldn’t be formally described a visa, I feel a scheme that requires you to fill out kinds and pay €7 forward of making use of for admission can fairly be referred to as a “euro visa” for brief.

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1/14 Passports

British passports that expire after 29 March 2019 will proceed to be legitimate as UK journey paperwork, however will lose the facility that comes with being a European Union passport – notably the suitable of free motion throughout the EU27.
UK passports issued from 30 March 2019 could have the phrases “European Union” faraway from the quilt and the primary web page (together with the translations into Welsh and Gaelic). However they are going to nonetheless be burgundy. By October 2019, new British passports could have darkish blue covers

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2/14 Pets

You’ll nonetheless have the ability to journey to the EU together with your pet after Brexit, nevertheless it may nicely get extra difficult relying on the standing that the European Union determine to use. If the UK is given “Half 2 listed standing”, there could be some further necessities for travelling pets and house owners post-Brexit. “These would require a further go to to the vet and a few further papers to be carried however wouldn’t forestall you from having fun with your journey,” says Eurotunnel.
However it provides that if the UK is given unlisted, third-country standing, “house owners who want to journey with their pets from the UK to EU nations might want to talk about their particular preparations and necessities with an Official Veterinarian not less than 4 months previous to their desired journey date

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3/14 Eurotunnel/Eurostar

The Treaty of Canterbury between the UK and France governs the Channel Tunnel hyperlink and operations will proceed – topic to any native disruption at Folkestone and/or Calais

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4/14 Driving

Motorists, whether or not taking their very own vehicles or hiring overseas, are more likely to have to acquire an Worldwide Driving Allow or two; completely different EU nations are signed as much as completely different treaties, so for a visit embracing Spain and France you would want each sorts.
These are at present offered from a restricted variety of Publish Workplaces, however the authorities intends to make them extensively out there. The associated fee is £5.50 for every.
Motor insurance coverage will not mechanically prolong to the EU. Insurers will present on request a “Inexperienced Card”, for which an additional cost will likely be made

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5/14 Flights

Even within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit, flights will proceed to function between the UK and European Union.
Nevertheless, within the occasion of the UK leaving with no deal, many flights are more likely to be cancelled as a result of departures could be capped at 2018 ranges. As UK airways have already introduced 1000’s of recent flights to Europe from the top of March 2019, some must be cancelled

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6/14 Air routes

The community of flight hyperlinks between Britain and japanese Europe may very well be affected by any discount within the variety of staff from these nations. Not solely do they use the flights – so do their households and associates

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7/14 Flight disruption rights

Present European passengers’ rights guidelines, referred to as EC261/2004, stipulate excessive payouts for delays and cancellations that can’t be attributed to “extraordinary circumstances”. Buried in a doc referred to as Past the Horizon: The Way forward for UK Aviation, the federal government says “the UK won’t fall beneath present requirements of safety once we depart the EU”

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8/14 Entry rules to the European Union

From 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019, UK travellers will turn out to be “third-country nationals” when travelling to Schengen nations and topic to the usual guidelines of admission for residents of countries such because the US, Japan and Australia. Meaning there have to be not less than 90 days (roughly three months) left in your passport past your supposed date of departure.
As a result of third-country nationals can stay within the Schengen space for 90 days, the precise test carried out may very well be that the passport has not less than six months’ validity remaining on the date of arrival

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9/14 On-line registration previous to journey – ETIAS

From 2021, non-EU nationals who don’t require a visa to enter the Schengen space – together with British travellers – might want to request prior authorisation to go to Schengen nations.
The Journey Data and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is aimed toward decreasing the “migration, safety or public-health threat” from nationals of visa-exempt third nations, which is what the UK will turn out to be after Brexit. It prices €7 for 3 years

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10/14 ‘Brexit clauses’

A lot of journey suppliers – even together with Nationwide Specific coaches – have added “Brexit clauses” to their phrases and situations. These usually specify that they won’t be responsible for “consequential losses” because of Brexit-related points

PA

11/14 ‘Quick observe’ lanes for passport management coming into EU nations

British passport holders won’t be able to make use of them, and should be part of the queue for third-country nationals.
Folks holding an EU passport or ID card in addition to a British passport will have the ability to exit the UK on the British passport however enter Europe on the EU doc

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12/14 Ferries

The ferry business insists vessels will proceed to sail. The UK Chamber of Delivery says: “In contrast to the carriage of cargo, commerce offers would not have a big impact on the cruise and passenger ferry business. The express standardisation of commodity codes and tariffs related to commerce offers have little relevance to holidaymakers.”
Having stated that, the federal government and Kent County Council are planning for doable chaos at Channel ports due to a backlog of vans within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit. This might impinge on holidaymakers’ plans

PA

13/14 European Well being Insurance coverage Card (EHIC)

The EU says: “In case you fall ailing or have an accident throughout a go to to a different EU nation, as an EU citizen you’ve the suitable to obtain the mandatory public healthcare in any EU nation beneath the identical situations as folks within the host nation.” The EHIC additionally works in Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Remedy, says the NHS, is “at a decreased value or, in lots of instances, freed from cost”.
From 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019, when the UK ceases to belong to the European Union, British travellers could have no computerized proper to make use of the EHIC.
There isn’t any certainty about what might exchange it

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14/14 Cellphones

From 30 March 2019, the regulation banning cell phone companies from charging further for calls and knowledge in Europe will stop, although operators have but to set out precisely what is going to exchange it. In principle, cell phone companies can impose no matter charges they assume the market will bear.
However Dave Dyson, chef govt of Three, says his agency is “dedicated to keep up the provision of roaming within the EU at no further value following Brexit”

AFP/Getty

1/14 Passports

British passports that expire after 29 March 2019 will proceed to be legitimate as UK journey paperwork, however will lose the facility that comes with being a European Union passport – notably the suitable of free motion throughout the EU27.
UK passports issued from 30 March 2019 could have the phrases “European Union” faraway from the quilt and the primary web page (together with the translations into Welsh and Gaelic). However they are going to nonetheless be burgundy. By October 2019, new British passports could have darkish blue covers

Getty

2/14 Pets

You’ll nonetheless have the ability to journey to the EU together with your pet after Brexit, nevertheless it may nicely get extra difficult relying on the standing that the European Union determine to use. If the UK is given “Half 2 listed standing”, there could be some further necessities for travelling pets and house owners post-Brexit. “These would require a further go to to the vet and a few further papers to be carried however wouldn’t forestall you from having fun with your journey,” says Eurotunnel.
However it provides that if the UK is given unlisted, third-country standing, “house owners who want to journey with their pets from the UK to EU nations might want to talk about their particular preparations and necessities with an Official Veterinarian not less than 4 months previous to their desired journey date

AFP/Getty

3/14 Eurotunnel/Eurostar

The Treaty of Canterbury between the UK and France governs the Channel Tunnel hyperlink and operations will proceed – topic to any native disruption at Folkestone and/or Calais

AFP/Getty

4/14 Driving

Motorists, whether or not taking their very own vehicles or hiring overseas, are more likely to have to acquire an Worldwide Driving Allow or two; completely different EU nations are signed as much as completely different treaties, so for a visit embracing Spain and France you would want each sorts.
These are at present offered from a restricted variety of Publish Workplaces, however the authorities intends to make them extensively out there. The associated fee is £5.50 for every.
Motor insurance coverage will not mechanically prolong to the EU. Insurers will present on request a “Inexperienced Card”, for which an additional cost will likely be made

PA

5/14 Flights

Even within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit, flights will proceed to function between the UK and European Union.
Nevertheless, within the occasion of the UK leaving with no deal, many flights are more likely to be cancelled as a result of departures could be capped at 2018 ranges. As UK airways have already introduced 1000’s of recent flights to Europe from the top of March 2019, some must be cancelled

Getty

6/14 Air routes

The community of flight hyperlinks between Britain and japanese Europe may very well be affected by any discount within the variety of staff from these nations. Not solely do they use the flights – so do their households and associates

PA

7/14 Flight disruption rights

Present European passengers’ rights guidelines, referred to as EC261/2004, stipulate excessive payouts for delays and cancellations that can’t be attributed to “extraordinary circumstances”. Buried in a doc referred to as Past the Horizon: The Way forward for UK Aviation, the federal government says “the UK won’t fall beneath present requirements of safety once we depart the EU”

AFP/Getty

8/14 Entry rules to the European Union

From 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019, UK travellers will turn out to be “third-country nationals” when travelling to Schengen nations and topic to the usual guidelines of admission for residents of countries such because the US, Japan and Australia. Meaning there have to be not less than 90 days (roughly three months) left in your passport past your supposed date of departure.
As a result of third-country nationals can stay within the Schengen space for 90 days, the precise test carried out may very well be that the passport has not less than six months’ validity remaining on the date of arrival

Getty

9/14 On-line registration previous to journey – ETIAS

From 2021, non-EU nationals who don’t require a visa to enter the Schengen space – together with British travellers – might want to request prior authorisation to go to Schengen nations.
The Journey Data and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is aimed toward decreasing the “migration, safety or public-health threat” from nationals of visa-exempt third nations, which is what the UK will turn out to be after Brexit. It prices €7 for 3 years

AFP/Getty

10/14 ‘Brexit clauses’

A lot of journey suppliers – even together with Nationwide Specific coaches – have added “Brexit clauses” to their phrases and situations. These usually specify that they won’t be responsible for “consequential losses” because of Brexit-related points

PA

11/14 ‘Quick observe’ lanes for passport management coming into EU nations

British passport holders won’t be able to make use of them, and should be part of the queue for third-country nationals.
Folks holding an EU passport or ID card in addition to a British passport will have the ability to exit the UK on the British passport however enter Europe on the EU doc

Getty

12/14 Ferries

The ferry business insists vessels will proceed to sail. The UK Chamber of Delivery says: “In contrast to the carriage of cargo, commerce offers would not have a big impact on the cruise and passenger ferry business. The express standardisation of commodity codes and tariffs related to commerce offers have little relevance to holidaymakers.”
Having stated that, the federal government and Kent County Council are planning for doable chaos at Channel ports due to a backlog of vans within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit. This might impinge on holidaymakers’ plans

PA

13/14 European Well being Insurance coverage Card (EHIC)

The EU says: “In case you fall ailing or have an accident throughout a go to to a different EU nation, as an EU citizen you’ve the suitable to obtain the mandatory public healthcare in any EU nation beneath the identical situations as folks within the host nation.” The EHIC additionally works in Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Remedy, says the NHS, is “at a decreased value or, in lots of instances, freed from cost”.
From 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019, when the UK ceases to belong to the European Union, British travellers could have no computerized proper to make use of the EHIC.
There isn’t any certainty about what might exchange it

PA

14/14 Cellphones

From 30 March 2019, the regulation banning cell phone companies from charging further for calls and knowledge in Europe will stop, although operators have but to set out precisely what is going to exchange it. In principle, cell phone companies can impose no matter charges they assume the market will bear.
However Dave Dyson, chef govt of Three, says his agency is “dedicated to keep up the provision of roaming within the EU at no further value following Brexit”

AFP/Getty

On Wednesday, I described the demise of standby flights, mourning the lack of these low cost last-minute tickets.

“I by no means didn’t get a seat,” I recalled nostalgically, “although sometimes it was contact and go till the final second.”

Standby tickets went into decline when airways realised that folks like me had been profiting from their desperation to fill empty seats. The carriers concluded it was extra worthwhile to promote low cost tickets nicely upfront after which increase fares steeply in the previous couple of days to capitalise on passengers who had been determined to journey.

However on Twitter, Henry Pearce quickly contradicted my understanding. Utilizing the hashtags #killingfreedom and #HateEU, he defined: “Pure standby flights had been banned by the EU a few years in the past. Now you want an current ticket to the vacation spot.”

That assertion got here as a shock to me and everybody I do know in aviation. In 2017, as a result of some appreciable disorganisation, I ended up shopping for a ticket 10 minutes after the aircraft was as a result of have left a German airport; fortunately, it waited for me. I requested Mr Pearce to level to the related European laws that seems to have been breached. To date he has not come again to me.

One Henry who has responded to an enquiry from me is the “MP for Gatwick” – Henry Smith, who’s Member of Parliament for Crawley, inside whose constituency the UK’s second-largest airport resides. 

Final month the pro-Brexit MP, who has referred to as for a no-deal departure, retweeted a long-discredited story from 2014 that was headlined: “After 2020, all EU members must undertake the euro.”

That is tosh: had been the UK to stay within the EU, it has a everlasting opt-out from the euro. If it’s important to a lot time in your arms you may test the precise wording from the Treaty of Lisbon: “Except the UK notifies the Council that it intends to undertake the euro, it shall be beneath no obligation to take action.”

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Regardless of the nonsense it incorporates, Mr Smith’s tweet has not been eliminated. It has acquired nearly 2,000 “likes” and almost 1,000 retweets.

Mr Smith instructed me: ”It’s usually accepted that retweets aren’t essentially endorsements of a put up.”

However I’ve not but had a response to my different query to Mr Smith: “For the good thing about the various journey companies in Crawley, are you able to kindly clarify the advantages of a no-deal Brexit for the journey business?”

Two big journey firms have their properties, fortunate issues, within the Sussex city. Like me, Virgin Atlantic was born in Crawley. The airline’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, stated in December: “Britain could be close to bankrupt if we push forward with one thing like a tough Brexit.”

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Virtually subsequent door lives Europe’s largest vacation firm, Tui, which has “a spotlight to alleviate potential impacts of Brexit”. (That’s “alleviate,” not “capitalise upon”.) 

Throughout at Gatwick, the predominant aircraft is orange, as a result of easyJet is the main operator on the airport.

However lots of these plane at the moment are registered in Austria, as a precautionary transfer to permit the airline to maintain flying throughout the EU. And on Monday, easyJet misplaced seven per cent of its worth when the airline revealed that uncertainty over Brexit was hitting earnings.

Alongside the rocky highway to Brexit, watch out for misdirections.