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Brexit –  FAQ’s

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There is a lot of Brexit-related news out there at the moment, but what does all this mean if you are travelling to Europe with a school or student group over the coming months? Well the UK has been granted an extension to remain in the European Union until 31 October 2019, with the option to leave before this date.

This provides certainty that people will be able to continue to travel to the European Union exactly as they do today and travel businesses will continue to operate within the remit of EU regulation and legislation at least until the end of October 2019.

There are still a number of possible scenarios as to what may happened including the possibility of a no-deal Brexit or a longer extension. Until the matter is resolved we will continue to monitor the information provided by travel industry experts, organisations like ABTA and the UK Government and picked out what we believe is relevant for you.

MONEY

Will my tour price change?

If you have an existing booking with Study & Sport Experiences:

As we have forward contracts for foreign currency, fluctuations in the exchange rate are highly unlikely to affect the price of your tour.

Please note however that, if there is a change in legislation that will affect your overall tour price and which is out of our control, eg visa costs, surcharges, this cost would be passed on to you.

As is always our policy at Study & Sport Experiences we will do our best to do the right thing to work with you to ensure your trip would continue.

 If you have not yet booked your tour:

Due to our forward buying policy for foreign currency, we will work with you to ensure there is no or a low impact on pricing. The travel industry is reporting that the sensible advice is to book now to secure your booking on current currency rates.

What is the law on price changes?

If there are increases in transportation costs, taxes or fees chargeable for services post Brexit, the law says that package holiday providers, like Study & Sport Experiences, are permitted to increase their prices. However, we are pleased to confirm that there would be no change within 20 days of your departure and we would cover the first 2% of any price increase. In the unlikely circumstances that prices were to increase by more than 2% you may be asked to pay an additional fee however where the price increase is 10% or higher, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges.

Will overall prices go up in the future?

Tour prices in the future will always be open to normal market and economic fluctuations such as currency and service prices. Our foreign currency forward buying policy means we always look to protect customers from the impact of currency fluctuations. However, overall tour prices may in the future be affected by changes in legislation such as visa costs, surcharges etc. or increased cost in services such as flights or ferry crossings.

At Study & Sport Experiences our experienced staff will always provide you with a  tour price which is based either on the actual current rates for your service or estimated rates which are based on our extensive knowledge of the travel and industry. We will always communicate any price changes as they are given to us and have an open and honest pricing policy, which will ensure you should have no surprises later on.

PASSPORTS

Will I need a new passport?

The UK Government recommends that travellers going to the EU after 12th April 2019 have 6 months left on their passport and is also advising that any extra months which have been added to a 10-year passport will not be valid.

The Passport Office now have this useful tool where you can check if your passport will be valid when you are travelling Check A Passport

If you would like to know more take a look at The Passport Office- Brexit FAQs

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

The European Commission has approved legal changes to ensure that UK citizens will not need a visa to travel 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 in a 180-day period without needing a visa. As has always been the case, if you have any travellers in your group who are non-UK citizens, they must check with their own embassy whether they require a visa to enter the countries they are visiting. For more details, please visit https://www.abta.com/news/eu-confirms-visa-free-travel-after-brexit.

COACH TRAVEL

Will it take longer to cross borders within the EU?

It shouldn’t take any longer, as all countries within the Schengen Zone remain border free. These countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Will we have to show our passports at each border?

We do advise you keep passports handy when travelling throughout Europe, as you may be required to prove your right to travel at border crossings or security checkpoints.

You can always check on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out more about visa restrictions for your destination.

AIR TRAVEL

Will Brexit affect flight routes in the future?

In December 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation that, in the event that the UK leaves without a withdrawal agreement, would entitle UK airlines to continue to operate services between the UK and a point in an EU country. A final version of the draft regulation has been provisionally agreed by the EU and is expected to be confirmed by the Council and the European Parliament shortly.

Subject to the necessary approvals, the UK intends to grant EU airlines an equivalent level of access to that granted to UK airlines under the EU’s draft regulation.

Will anything change at airport check in?

There should be no changes at airport check in provided your passports/visas are valid. We are able to arrange airport assistance for an additional fee. This means that a representative will meet your group at a pre-arranged location in the airport and will assist you with check in and direct you to security and will cover any questions you may have. Please contact us if you wish to add this service on to your tour.

HEALTH

Will my EHIC card still be valid?

In the event of no deal, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid. ABTA has always advised when travelling to the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances. We are able to provide comprehensive travel insurance at an additional cost. Please contact us if you wish to add this service on to your tour.

Further advice on travel insurance can be found at https://www.abta.com/travelinsurance

TECHNOLOGY

Can I still use my phone in the EU?

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using internet on your phone in the EU is the same as in the UK. If the UK leaves without a deal these rules will no longer apply. Some UK companies have said they may continue to offer this to their customers. Before you travel, check with your mobile phone provider.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Until we know if a deal has been reached, the policies around Brexit will continue to be subject to change. We will continue to keep our customers up to date with the latest news, as and when we have it. At Study & Sport Experiences we place the needs of our customers at the heart of the decisions and actions we take and can assure all customers, old and new, that we will work tirelessly to ensure learning outside the classroom experiences are as hassle free and enjoyable as possible, deal or no deal!

Here are some useful links if you wish to know more:

ABTA

Brexit Advice for Travellers

Update on Passports for Travellers

Passport Office

Check A Passport – to see if your passport is valid for your destination

Passport Office FAQ’s

Industry Articles

What Does Brexit Mean for Travellers

The Independent – Protect Your Travel

How Will Brexit Affect Your Holiday

 

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Brexit – Update 15 April 2019

As you are probably well aware, the UK has been granted an extension to remain in the European Union until 31 October 2019, with the option to leave before this date.

The Brexit extension provides certainty that people will be able to continue to travel to the European Union exactly as they do today, at least until the end of October 2019.

  • All current arrangements for travel will remain as they are
  • You will be able to move through UK ports and airports as usual, using the EU/EEA passport gates
  • You will still have access to state medical care in any EU country as long as you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card
  • You won’t need an International Driving Permit, and if you are taking your own car, you won’t need a Green Card for insurance
  • All consumer rights and benefits from EU laws will also remain including airline compensation for cancellation or delays, and the ability to use your mobile phone abroad without additional charges.

If the Government agrees a deal on or before 31 October 2019, the UK will enter a transition period and everything will continue to remain the same. Meaning you can continue to travel as you do now.

Until the withdrawal agreement is ratified by UK Parliament, the default scenario is the UK to leave without a deal. So we will continue to monitor the information provided by travel industry experts, organisations like ABTA and the UK Government and picked out what we believe is relevant for you.

Here are some useful links you may wish to look at if you would like know more:

ABTA

Brexit Advice for Travellers

EU confirms visa free travel after Brexit

Brexit extension provides certainty about travel arrangements for Summer

 

ETOA

Immigration and Border Processes

 

Passport Office

Check A Passport – to see if your passport is valid for your destination

Passport Office FAQs


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Millions of UK parents expect their child’s school trip to be organised by an ABTA Member

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  • Schools are being urged to book trips with an ABTA approved travel company to ensure support, protection and expertise
  • Many schools are unaware they may be liable if they organise the travel arrangements themselves

ABTA – The Travel Association is today releasing new findings, revealing that nearly three quarters (73%)1 of UK families expect a company that organises school travel to be an ABTA Member.

There are more than 100 school travel organisers who are ABTA Members and booking through a school travel specialist allows teachers to access the company’s expertise, knowledge and insight in developing an enjoyable educational experience.

ABTA approved travel companies also have access to the association’s support and expertise – including 24 hour crisis support – and schools can benefit from ABTA’s advice and its independent complaints process should they need it.

Booking an overnight school trip as a package – where a travel company organises the different travel services – provides the greatest overall protection.

Under the Package Travel Regulations (PTRs) the travel company is responsible for sorting out any problems2, and making sure that if the trip can’t go ahead for any reason either an alternative is offered or a full refund provided. In addition, if the travel company goes out of business before the trip starts pupils will get their money back and, where the trip included transport, will be brought home at no additional cost if they are already away.

It’s also important for schools to be aware that if a school organises a trip themselves by arranging their own bookings for transport, accommodation and other services, they might be liable under the PTRs. This means that they would have all of the responsibilities of a travel company – both legal and financial.

There have been cases where children’s school trips were cancelled and parents lost money when the trip was not covered by the PTRs. Last year pupils from a school in Kent lost tens of thousands of pounds raised for a package trip to Mount Kilimanjaro, when the company arranging the expedition collapsed financially3.

Victoria Bacon, ABTA’s Director of Brand and Business Development, said:

“School trips provide pupils with lifelong memories and often an opportunity to explore a place they’ve never been to before. However, it can be a time consuming and sometimes daunting process for teachers to arrange these trips, and the new Package Travel Regulations means that if a trip is booked in a certain way, the school could be held liable should there be a problem.

“There are lots of ABTA school travel specialist companies who can take these responsibilities off the hands of teachers and pull together a trip which provides a great education experience as well as offering the support, protection and expertise that comes with booking with an ABTA approved travel company.

“With this peace of mind teachers can travel with confidence, knowing their students are in good hands and able to enjoy their travel experience to the full.”

All School Travel Forum (STF) Members, which is a professional trade association for school travel, are required to be ABTA Members.

Gill Harvey of the School Travel Forum said:

“While organising a school trip can be seen by some education providers as stressful and time consuming, there are ways to streamline the process and recruit third party help to ensure the trip runs smoothly.

“Research shows that travel helps children to develop their sense of independence, experience new cultures and bond with their classmates. Booking with an STF Member, which is also an ABTA Member, will provide teachers and parents alike with the confidence of a safe and successful trip.”

ABTA’s top tips for schools arranging a trip:

  • Reassure parents with careful planning and clear communication throughout the trip, from the point of booking to the moment of return.
  • Check the Foreign Commonwealth Office Travel Advice for the country you intend to visit at an early stage of planning for the trip, as well as closer to the departure date. The advice can be found at: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
  • Ensure that all those travelling have adequate travel insurance. Check that any specific or unusual activities are covered.
  • Check passport and visa requirements well in advance. Ensure that everyone has a valid passport and that they have enough time left on them before they expire. Some countries require a minimum of six months’ time prior to expiry.
  • Ask to see your chosen tour operator’s health and safety credentials and check they acknowledge the importance of maintaining these standards throughout the trip.
  • Book arrangements with an ABTA Member to benefit from the protection, support and expertise they provide.

 


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Brexit Latest News. Don’t get caught out – UK passport holders

The UK government recommends that travellers going to the EU after 29th March 2019 have 6 months left on their passport and is also advising that any extra months which have been added to a 10 year passport will not be valid. Here’s their latest information.

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal. The government has increased planning for a no deal EU Exit and is asking citizens to make sure they are also prepared. UK passport holders should therefore check their passport to see whether it is valid for travel after 29 March 2019. After 29 March 2019:

  1. You should have 6 months left on your UK passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
  2. If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.  The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey. Currently, UK passport holders can travel to all EU countries as long as they have enough remaining validity to cover the length of their stay, so it’s important to be aware of the above changes in a ‘no deal’ Brexit. So, please check your passport and if you are affected, you should consider renewing your passport earlier than planned.

The affected (Schengen area) countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Please check with parents that the students travelling on your trip have checked if their passports are valid for travel and if not then they need to renew their child’s passport in good time before your departure. This also applies to the adults on your trip.

The Passport Office now have this useful tool where you can check if your passport will be valid when you are travelling.

https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport

If you would like to know more take a look at The Passport Office- Brexit FAQ’s

https://www.abta.com/sites/default/files/2019-01/Passports%20QA-Jan-2019.pdf


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Exciting News – New Opportunities

Exciting news – New Opportunities

We are delighted to announce that Study & Sport Experiences is now part of a group of specialist group travel companies, each selling tours to the education market. A group which includes WST Travel, Anglia Tours and FHT Travel; companies which share our ethos, our desire to deliver enjoyable educational experiences to customers whilst offering excellent value for money. Becoming part of the Next Generation Travel group means we now have in place the secure foundations for the next stage in our development. Foundations which will enable us to focus on what we care about the most; our customers, our staff and the organisations we work with.

We will continue to offer our current range of tailor made education inclusive tours, workshops, seminars, sports tours, festivals and tournaments and look forward to having the opportunity to expand on this unique range.

We wanted you to be the first to hear this fantastic news. We are extremely excited to be part of this group of amazing companies, who all have such strong reputations for providing a high standard of educational tour and who invest in the development of talented staff, whilst always having you, the customer, at the heart of everything we do.

So, take a look at the range of tours available to you, where your school will be guaranteed the same exceptional customer service you already receive with Study & Sport Experiences.

Educational tours to the UK and Europe including subject specific seminars and workshops at Disneyland ® Paris

Specialists in sports tours including festivals and fixtures for student and youth groups.

Working with the Royal British Legion to deliver remembrance tours for student and youth groups.

Subject specialists delivering educational tours to the UK, Europe and USA for Primary and Secondary schools

Dedicated Guided History tour specialists to the UK, Europe and beyond for all student, military and adult groups.

 

Specialising in tailor made tours for students in Sixth Form, FE and HE Colleges and Universities

 

 

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What a sports tour can do for your team

 

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As a coach or sports club manager, you’ll know that a strong, successful team is more than just a group of talented individuals with immense skill sets. It is a close-knit group of players who work together to achieve a shared goal. Teams like this do not happen by accident – coaches and managers have to invest a lot of time in training and team building to help them think as one.

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