Rights when travelling in the UK after Brexit

See how Brexit affects your rights as a consumer when travelling to the UK.

When you travel within the EU, you are guaranteed a series of rights – regardless of whether you are travelling by air, train, bus or ferry.

It may, for example, be a good idea for you to check whether you benefit from the air passengers’ rights in the EU when flying to and from the UK.

After Brexit: When you fly to and from the UK

Air passenger rights offer European consumers particularly good opportunities for financial compensation in the event of delays or cancellations. You can also be entitled to food and drink, to receive paid hotel accommodations in the event of cancellations or major delays as compensation for lost nights at your destination, or to receive a new plane ticket if you have a layover and miss the connecting flight

If you are travelling with an airline based in the EU, you will as a general rule continue to maintain your passenger rights as an EU citizen to compensation, among other things, regardless of whether you are travelling to or from the UK.

If, on the other hand, you are travelling from the UK to an EU country with an airline that is not based in the EU, you are not covered by the air passenger rights. 

After Brexit: Travel by ferry or ship

As an EU citizen, you will still be covered by European passenger rights at sea if you travel with a company that is based in the EU. This applies regardless of whether you are travelling to the UK from an EU country or vice versa.

You will not, however, be covered if you are travelling from the UK to an EU country with a company that is not based in the EU. Similarly, EU rules do not apply to travel by boat from the UK to countries outside the EU.

After Brexit: Travel by bus

You maintain your EU-ensured consumer rights if you are travelling to or from the UK by bus.

05. April 2019

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