BREXIT: British Embassy gives advice for holidaymakers planning on travelling after leave day

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BRITISH embassy officials in Spain have issued new advice for people expecting to travel between Britain and Spain after Brexit.

The embassy said passports would need to be valid for at least six months if Britain leaves without a deal.

British Consul for Southern Spain Charmaine Arbouin said expatriates planning on travelling to Britain should take their residency cards with them to avoid confusion on the return journey.

“We recognise the current uncertainty for British nationals in Spain and we will continue to do all we can to update citizens as and when we have more information,” Arbouin said.

“Ensure your passport is valid in any scenario, that you have comprehensive travel insurance and check our travel advice for any updates,” the consul said.

Spain has agreed to allow British visitors and expatriates to use its health system in both a deal and no-deal scenario but other countries may make different arrangements, officials added. 

Embassy officials said expatriates and holidaymakers would be able to travel within Europe’s Schengen Area without having to apply for a visa, regardless of whether Britain leaves with a deal.

British passport holders will be able to travel to any other EU member state visa-free for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. The embassy said those thinking of travelling elsewhere in the EU should consider getting health insurance as not all countries will accept European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) after Brexit.

It comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May is holding talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron today (Tuesday) ahead of tomorrow’s EU summit.

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