P&O Ferries Extends ‘Business As Usual’ Brexit Buffer For Passengers Travelling Between Britain And Europe
Ahead of Britain’s departure from the EU this Friday 31st January, P&O Ferries has extended its ‘Brexit buffer’ offer allowing free cancellation across all routes until the end of February, reassuring its passengers that it’s business as usual.
The offer, which is valid across all ticket types and routes for travel between now and 29th February 2020, guarantees that crossings can be cancelled free of charge when booked directly through P&O Ferries. The extension of the offer, originally introduced in 2019, aims to encourage passengers to continue to book to mainland Europe with confidence.
Sarah Rosier, Director of Passenger Sales at P&O Ferries, said, “As Britain enters an important period of transition, P&O Ferries wants to reassure its passengers that they can continue to book their travel with complete confidence.
“We have been sailing in and out of Europe for over 180 years, and so, while Britain focuses on formulating its future agreement with the EU, our passengers can rest assured that we are perfectly positioned to manage any Brexit-related issues, should they impact their travel plans. As the situation currently stands, we don’t anticipate any changes to passenger travel until the end of 2020.”
At a time when how we travel is considered as important as where we travel, Brits can look to P&O Ferries to provide a memorable European break taken at their own pace, whether that’s on foot, bicycle, car or campervan. Offering up to 23, 90-minute sailings a day from Dover to Calais, it’s never been easier to get to France and beyond. In addition, overnight routes between Hull and Rotterdam and Zeebrugge offer comfy cabins, extensive dining experiences and on-board entertainment. Finally, a scenic sailing from Cairnryan to Larne is the shortest way to cross the Irish Sea, allowing travellers to immerse themselves in its spectacular sights, including Northern Ireland’s magnificent Causeway Coast.
To provide further peace of mind to its passengers, P&O Ferries has put together some top tips offering advice to those travelling to Europe after Brexit.
Travellers, whether an adult or a child, visiting the EU after 31st January are advised to have a passport with at least six months validity from the date of arrival in the EU. It is recommended that Brits with soon-to-expire passports apply for a new one as soon as possible, to avoid being caught up in the inevitable rush to renew.
For the time being, travellers will not need a visa to travel to the EU. However, from 2021 the European Commission is rolling out a new U.S. style electronic travel authorisation system for non-EU visitors, called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). British citizens, as third country nationals, will need to pay a fee – expected to be €7 (£6.00) – for visa-exempt travel, which will likely be valid for three years.
3. Travel to the Republic of Ireland
Travel between Britain and Ireland is covered by the Common Travel Area, a long-standing arrangement which covers Britain, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland, allowing free travel between these areas without the need for a passport. The Government has indicated that this commitment will stay the same after Britain leaves the EU.
For more information about P&O Ferries, visit poferries.com.