There is at last some good news for travellers. The European Parliament has today approved legal changes to ensure that UK citizens will not need a visa to travel to 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 and will reduce the uncertainty for cruise travelling from the popular ports across Europe.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive at the Association of British Travel Agents, said: “Today’s vote provides absolute certainty that UK holidaymakers will be able to travel visa-free to Europe, deal or no deal.

“While it is encouraging that this issue has been addressed, securing a deal is very much the preferred outcome, and we encourage parliamentarians to explore all options to avoid a no-deal.

By Editor

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