Brexit is plain sailing - for one top ferry operator, at least

Ahead of the UK’s looming exit from the European Union, a leading ferry operator is offering passengers a “Brexit benefit”.

Brexit has caused major ripples across a whole range of sectors, including transport and maritime.

But DFDS, which operates cross channel ferries and also other routes to the UK, says that for them “it is business as usual, whatever the outcome of Brexit.”

The company has created a “Brexit Guarantee” which, it says, is designed to reassure passengers travelling to the UK from mainland Europe and vice versa.

A company spokesman told this website, "Our Brexit Guarantee means if someone books direct with us they can enjoy free cancellations on their booking made for travel until 30 September 2019.

“And, due to the ongoing Brexit talks, we have extended this to bookings made before 11 April. This free cancellation guarantee is available on our four routes from the UK to France and Holland."

To qualify for the Brexit Guarantee travellers need to call the company at least 14 days before a trip to cancel for free.

The company has also issued new guidance about travelling after Brexit (whenever that is).

The latest travel advice states that:

Brexit will not affect a booking, although some travel requirements may change dependent on the outcome;

Check the issue date of your passport. You may be required to have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport for outward travel and 3 months validity when you return from the last country visited in the Schengen area;

It is proposed that EU citizens will not needs visas for leisure or short-term business trips (Government confirmation awaited);

There will be no reciprocal healthcare agreement. Individuals should ensure they have adequate private travel insurance, to cover all medical treatment and costs;

In the event of a No Deal driving licences may no longer be valid by themselves, and an International Driving Permit (IDP) may be necessary;

Anyone travelling immediately before or after March 29 (or any new exit date), should consider obtaining the relevant IDP before travelling, as a precaution. The cost of an IDP is £5.50 and can be made via a UK Post Office and

In the short-term, however ID cards are likely to be withdrawn over time. Travelling with a full passport is a safe option.

Anyone seeking further info can visit https://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/

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Martin Banks is a highly qualified journalist with many years experience of working within the EU institutions. He is an occasional, and highly valued, contributor to EU today, writing on a wide variety of issues.

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