If you have a trip booked to Disneyland Paris, we are guessing you’re wondering how the result of the EU Referendum will affect you now that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union.
Today I’m joined by my traveling companion and fellow Disneyland Paris fan Duffy, who like many other fans and holidaymakers has some questions about his forthcoming trip to Disneyland Paris in November.
Duffy: Will I need a visa to visit Disneyland Paris in November?
No Duffy, you will not require a visa to visit France in November if you already hold a British passport.
It could take the United Kingdom two years or more of negotiations to leave the European Union. The British Government has to notify the European Council that it wishes to withdraw first using Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The United Kingdom then has to obtain the consent of the European Parliament before the country leaves the European Union, which could be a long process, so you’re not going to see any changes until at least 2018.
Duffy: Would I need a visa to visit France in the future after 2018?
That is something we do not know yet, but citizens of many countries not in the EU do not require a visa to travel to France for tourist purposes if their stay does not exceed 90 days.
Duffy: I read on Facebook that I will need a new passport to visit France?
No Duffy, you will not need a new passport. The passport you have now will be valid until its expiry date. The same applies to your driving licence if your driving to France.
Duffy: Will my EHIC card still be valid?
Yes Duffy your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will still be valid, but remember your EHIC card does not replace travel insurance.
Duffy: Will I get less Euros to the Pound now?
The Pound is looking to recover the ground it lost overnight on the initial shock following the decision to exit the European Union, but after the address by the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney it has appeared to have settle the nerves of the financial markets.
At the moment the exchange rate for the Pound against the Euro is €1.24 and it is actually not too far below the mid-June lows, and we are still some way above the February low of €1.23. But you should expect some volatility in the currency exchange markets in the short-term, so don’t be too surprised if the Pounds drops against the Euro during the next few weeks.
Duffy: Will there be changes to security or immigration procedures when we travel?
No Duffy everything will remain the same. Eurostar issued a statement today to reassure all their travellers that there will be no changes, and a spokesman for Heathrow Airport said: “Anyone travelling through the airport will find it operating normally with no changes to security and immigration.”
Duffy: Will I be able to renew my Annual Pass in November?
Yes Duffy – today’s decision to leave the European Union will not affect our travel plans for quite some time to come, so there is no reason for you not to renew your Annual Pass.
Duffy: I read on Facebook that British visitors will not be welcome in Disneyland now?
Duffy – please stop believing all the rumors you read on Facebook, the sky is not going to fall in after today’s decision. Mickey Mouse will still welcome us with open arms and you can take that tin foil hat off now.
Duffy: So nothing is going to really change then?
That’s right Duffy, nothing is going to change in the short-term, so any holidays you already have booked to Disneyland Paris will not be effected by today’s decision, and ABTA the Association of British Travel Agents has published a Brexit Q & A on their website to help put your mind at rest.
Duffy: Can I get a Dole Whip at Disneyland Paris now?
No Duffy you can’t, but you can buy a pineapple ice cream whip.
Duffy: Will people still use selfie sticks in the parks?
I think they will Duffy….
Duffy: And smoke in the parks too?
Let’s not go there………