UK holidays may not be affected after Brexit

Lately, one of the concerns among UK residents has been how their holidaying and travel habits will be affected after the UK leaves the EU next year. Brexit is set to take place on 29th March 2019, and the country has seen several rumours regarding travelling over the last few months.

Dave Ashton, CEO of train comparison site Loco2, has revealed that the UK’s travel plans are unlikely to actually be affected by the new governmental plan.

In regard to visas, everyone has seen the circulating news of possible visa fees when travelling to countries in Europe, outside of the UK’s domain. However, it seems that a new EU travel authorisation scheme will be coming into place in 2020, and it’s unlikely that UK nationals will actually see a huge difference in the amount that they pay now, to the amount that they’ll be paying in a couple of years.

Costs are suggested to be as little as 7 euros, which makes almost no difference at all to UK travellers, considering the hundreds that we pay to go on holiday in Europe anyway.

This cost will not cover injuries or issues while in Europe; and so, as you typically would, do remember to buy travel insurance.  

When it comes to the ease of travel that UK residents currently experience when travelling across Europe, we are expecting little to no change. Border control for Britons is not expected to get more difficult, and passengers will be treated like any other traveller. All individuals, before they enter a country, have always undergone passport control and immigration checks – nothing is set to change at the moment. It was suggested that there could be UK-only queues, but this is more likely to cause a problem than solve one, and there’s never been a separate queue at the airport before (other than one for the fast-lane pass holders).

In the UK, we’ve seen more tourists than ever since the pound-drop after Brexit was announced. This is because it’s now a much better deal for travellers around the world to visit us here. Similarly, less UK tourists can be seen in Europe because holidays have become more expensive for our currency rates, which means that most Britons have found themselves in palaces like Turkey this last year, rather than anywhere else.

Mobile data costs are not set to change. The industry has said that charging Britons extra for using their mobile phones in the EU wouldn’t be logical to bring these charges back in (in the words of the Vodafone CEO). Therefore, data packages should remain the same, and individuals with contracts here in the UK shouldn’t experience a sudden change in their ability to use their mobile phones while abroad in the EU.

What we should take away from this is that, despite rumours, travelling after Brexit isn’t going to be as bad as we thought it was going to be, and there’ll actually be very little change at all.

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