*Disclaimer - all opinions in this post are my own, and where necessary, statistics and quotes will be referenced to the appropriate source*
Will Brexit Affect The British Traveller?
As a keen traveller, one of the main questions about Brexit on my mind is whether or not it will affect me city hopping around Europe. If you are a regular reader of LeaBellaBlogs.com you will know that often I like to hop on a Ryanair flight and nip over to Europe for a 24 Hour city break.
In this post I am going to share with you how brexit will affect the British Traveller - hold tight...
Travelling to Europe Post Brexit
It’s still uncertain whether or not Britain will leave the European Union with a deal or no-deal (maybe our Noel should get involved...) but, it is foreseen that if Britain leaves with Teresa’s deal, very little will change until at least 2020 for Brits travelling into Europe. Maybe expect a few longer ques at passport control, but as far as we know so far, that’s about it.
However, in the event of a no-deal, ABTA ( The Association Of British Travel Agents) reckon that the European Commisioners will still have to honour flights to and from the UK without any further issues. Good news, at least we won’t be completely isolated eh. However, even though ABTA protect your holidays from the UK worldwide, they have also claimed that if for some reason you’re European holiday can’t go ahead, they will HAVE to honour everyone a full refund. This is also good news because at least if your trip to the Costa Del Sol doesn’t go ahead, you’ll get your money back, but you might have to sacrifice sunny Spain for somewhere a little closer to home...like Costa Del Norfolk. Doesn’t quite have the same ring does it.
What are the Alternatives?
Having thoroughly read all the post-brexit travel advice from the UK government and the UK based travel companies, my personal advice would to be to book a package holiday for post brexit travel. This way, ABTA will protect the package you have booked and if there are any interruptions to your vacay, at least you’ll be entitled to a refund. This may not be the case if you book directly with hotels and airlines as they are not always ABTA protected. That way you could end up out of pocket and out of a holiday.
Another alternative that I would advise, is to book long haul. Flights to destinations outside of the EU have been running seamlessly (most of the time) for many years. If you want the reassurance that Brexit won’t affect your well earned holiday then I would advise this the most.
Will I Need Any Extra Documents for Post Brexit Travel?
Our UK government seem to send mixed signals when advising about whether or not Brits will need a visa when travelling into Europe. The European Commissioner has said “UK holiday makers will not need a visa when travelling to Europe, but, may need to pay a visa-waiver to gain access into EU member countries”. Basically to me that means it’s going to cost more to visit Europe either way. Visa or visa waiver. Same difference. Although, if forecasts are correct the visa waiver is going to be cheap - €7 which will last for 3 years. This is predicted to come into force in 2021, so we’ve got some time yet.
If we leave with a Brexit deal, it is proposed that British nationals will be able to travel, as we do now, solely on our passports without any extra hassle until the end of the transition period which is forecast for the end of 2020.
Will I Need A New Passport?
The short answer is no, not unless you’ve got 3 months or less remaining, which has always been a pretty standard rule of travel.
The long answer is this: if your passport has been issued within the last 10 years and has more than 6 months of validity on it at the time of travel, you shouldn’t have a problem. In another breath, the government have advised that travelling into some EU countries may require you to have at least 15 months left on your passport to be allowed to travel into that particular country. If you don’t have this at the time of travel you could be refused entry.
What About Travel Via Ferry or Eurotunnel / Train?
There is predicted to be no differences in travel legislation on ferries, ships, eurotunnel or train into Europe.
Will My Phone Bill Increase Again Like in the Old Days?
Unfortunately yes. Your Instagram pics are going to have to be uploaded in retrospective time. The return of data roaming charges rears it’s ugly head once more. That’s almost putting me off travelling. Almost. But, if Britain leaves the EU with a deal, this will be delayed until 2021 and then it will solely be down to network providers to decide whether they will re-introduce £300 phone bills to people again, or not. Let’s hope it’s the latter!
I hope this has helped you understand more about post brexit travel.
Whose idea was it to leave the EU in the first place?? Let’s hope they're in the bin.