The following press release has just been issued by ABTA:
Today, Thursday 4 April, the European Parliament has approved legal changes to ensure that UK citizens will not need a travel visa to visit the EU for short stays after Brexit – even in the event of a no-deal exit.
The European Commission announced in November its intention that, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will still be able to travel to the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without needing a visa.
Today’s vote of the full European Parliament, in Brussels, is the last stage in approving the necessary legislation.
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said:
“Today’s vote provides absolute certainty that UK holidaymakers and business travellers will be able to travel visa-free to Europe, deal or no deal.
“It follows on from the confirmation a few weeks ago that flights will continue to operate, even in a no deal. This means that two of the most important concerns for UK tourists and business travellers visiting the EU have been addressed and will provide a further boost to confidence about travel to the EU after Brexit.
“While it is encouraging that these issues have been addressed, securing a deal is very much the preferred outcome, and we encourage parliamentarians to explore all options to avoid a no-deal.
For further information and advice about visiting the EU after Brexit, the latest information can be found at abta.com/brexit