Now that Brexit has won, and Britain is heading out of the EU many Brits are left wondering whether their travel plans will be affected. In the short-term, there are only going to be a few changes to be aware of, but as we look at Britain’s rights and relationships with EU countries going forward, there could be many potential issues that don’t make Brexit look like such a great idea when it comes to travelling abroad.
Below we’ve outlined some of the benefits and drawbacks you can expect to face when visiting other European countries post-Brexit.
The Drawbacks of Travelling in Europe Post-Brexit
While the value of the pound initially took a nosedive following the result to leave the EU, things have stabilized somewhat since then. That said, many travellers can expect holidays and general expenses overseas to be higher as the pound is still in a weaker position.
Many low budget airlines that travel from Britain to other EU destinations may increase their prices. Some of this is to do with the possibility that the flight paths between Britain and other European countries may alter in the future and that new taxes may become payable. If you’re looking to save money on airfare, it may be wise to book sooner rather than later.
If you’re looking to travel long-term or work in other European countries, you may find added bureaucracy involved to secure employment and the right to stay in the nation of your choice. Some people may have to apply for a permit or be granted stay rather than being able to travel freely as many do at the moment. While these formalities won’t be anywhere near that of a visa process, you still need to be aware of the time it may take in future to process your application.
Data roaming fees that you incur for using your mobile abroad may increase. Currently, many large UK providers have deals with EU countries. The rates were significantly lowered earlier this spring, but now that Britain is out of the EU the prices could take a slight hike. It is unlikely that any increases would be excessive though due to the highly competitive market.
Britain has experienced a tourism deficit (spending more than we make) over the past few years, much to the delight of the Spanish, Greeks and even the Croatians. With the Brexit ruling, there are further fears that the industry could fall into further decline. There doesn’t look to be any massive changes on the horizon for tourists – but it’s still too early to tell whether the decision itself is going to affect how people view the country.
Benefits of Travelling in Europe post-Brexit
Being out of the EU could bring about a future of borderless travel. While this point was barely touched upon during the Brexit campaign, if the decision leads to further EU disbanding and changes across the union, under the Schengen arrangement border crossings between member states may cease to exist making it easier to travel by air (not having to declare) and by road. Of course, if this was to happen in time border checks may be re-introduced, but it would certainly make travelling a far easier affair.
Now that we’ve left the EU, many of the items brought back from abroad such as wine and cigarettes are likely to face stricter guidelines, but the good news is that this could mean the return of duty-free. Many companies see this a financial boost, and it would certainly benefit many UK businesses, which would mean in time they’d be able to offer better deals to citizens and visitors.
All new and current passports and driving licenses will still be accepted and contain the EU symbol, so you don’t need to worry about changing those before you travel. There is also good news for expats, many of whom will be able to remain where they are and still travel to the UK as they wish without issue.