what will brexit mean for travel?

7 July 2016

what will brexit mean for travel?

travel eu brexit

That's it, we're leaving the EU. The Brexit camp won and we have to move forward and make the changes needed to survive the inevitable economic downturn that ensues.

But what will it mean for travel?

Well, that depends on how well we fair as a country. The biggest long-term effect on travellers will be financial. Undoubtedly.
If we manage to secure the trade deals we need as a country to keep our import and export alive, we're halfway there. It's unlikely that the EU as it is will offer Britain a deal as good as it's members though, and that's important to remember.

If the pound strengthens we'll all be able to afford foreign holidays, but if the economy struggles, then so will the opportunities for foreign holidays. 


Remember how easy it was to walk through the 'EU member' area of the airport, show your passport and walk straight through? All that will change as you'll have to apply for temporary visas from many countries meaning that crossing borders will have to be a much more organised affair. You'll have to apply online for temporary visas, pay for them, print them and then queue up at the 2 or 3 passport desks that airports allocate for non-eu nationals. Of course, this is presuming the Schengen arrangement (which controls the free-flow of border crossing between member states) ends.

Higher airfares

New air service agreements are being decided as we speak. It could affect a range of flight operators having to pay higher fees to fly in EU countries. It could affect many british airlines like British Airways and Thomas Cook, while the Irish operators like Ryanir or German operators like German Wings shouldn't be affected by the vote.

Less european health benefits

Those health cards that we take with us to access medical care when on holiday may soon be a thing of the past. The agreement to provide healthcare for travelling Brits and likewise for EU members visting the UK, will have to be negotiated as the privelege of free healthcare may come to an end or at the very least, be reduced.

Dirty beaches

One of the huge efforts of the EU was to introduce the cleaner beaches scheme, spending 25 years cleaning up Britains beaches, reducing sewage output and generally making them nice places to visit. Will that mean our departure will allow our sandy shores to fall back to their former state? Who knows?! It's another issue that will no doubt be raised over the coming months/years, but you can guarantee there won't be anywhere near as much publicity from the EU to help our tourism thrive.

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