How do you think about Brexit
How does #Brexit affect your next UK adventure?
The votes have been counted and the decision has been made: Great Britain will leave the EU! But what does that mean specifically for you and your trip to the island kingdom? First of all, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because even if the British people have decided to leave the EU, it will only become legally binding after a two-year notice period, i.e. in July 2018 at the earliest.
In short, nothing stands in the way of your UK adventure this year and everything stays the same! For everything else, you will find the most important information about possible #Brexit consequences for travel below!
#Brexit consequences for travel: 7 things that will change!
#Brexit consequences for travel 1: ID card, passport or a visa?
As a globetrotter, you probably know how cumbersome it can sometimes be to travel to countries outside the EU. A passport is compulsory and it is not uncommon for you to apply for a visa months before your planned arrival. But will all of this really be necessary in the future if you just want to fly to London for the weekend? In any case, it is certain that Great Britain has not yet been a member of the Schengen Agreement, which means that there have always been stricter ID and passport controls when entering the island than in other EU member states.
However, the identity card was sufficient for entry so far, which could change under certain circumstances after the British exit the EU. Experts assume that in the future you will only be able to travel to the UK with a valid passport, but believe it is unlikely that the UK will introduce a general visa requirement for travelers from the EU. If only because that would have a major impact on the entire tourism industry and the associated sources of income.
It is therefore assumed that there will be a regulation similar to that in Norway or Switzerland. In these countries, which are also not part of the European Union, EU citizens are allowed to stay as visitors for 90 days without a visa.
How the provisions for business stays abroad, internships or work & travel trips will change is still open. Until now, as an EU citizen, you could easily travel to Great Britain as an employee and look for a place to stay and a job there without the need for special permits.
With the exit from the EU, this regulation initially expires. However, as around 2.1 million people from other EU countries live and work in the UK, it is unlikely that EU citizens will need a residence or work permit in England in the future.
#Brexit consequences for travel 2: euros vs. pounds
In terms of currency, of course, nothing will change in Great Britain after the #Brexit. In England you still pay with British pounds, but in the future it will probably be more worthwhile for you than before. The reason for this is the exchange rate: shortly after the results of the vote were announced by the media, the British pound fell as low as it had been in over 20 years!
This means that when you change money, you now get more pounds for one euro than before. If you trust the voices of the financial experts, the exchange rate will rise slightly again, but will not recover completely for the time being.
So if a trip to the UK has been too expensive for you, now may be your chance!
#Brexit consequences for travel 3: Higher flight costs and new passenger rights
But be careful, because even if the stay in the Queen's country is now a little more affordable, an increase in airfares to England is predicted.
In addition, #Brexit will most likely affect air passenger rights, which apply under the EU's mantle. This means that not only could your flight to the island cost you more, but you may also have no or only limited rights to compensation in the event of delays or flight cancellations. It is to be hoped that Great Britain will find a consumer-friendly regulation in the interests of the many EU tourists.
#Brexit consequences for travel 4: Traveling in the EU is becoming more expensive for the British
For all English citizens who like to spend their vacation in the EU countries, this could turn into a very expensive pleasure. Because while the British have so far benefited from a very favorable exchange rate thanks to their strong and independent currency, the cost of foreign travel is now increasing noticeably for all British citizens due to the exit from the European Union.
Spain, France, Italy and other EU countries in particular, which have developed into popular holiday homes for the British in recent years, will experience this development as significant financial losses due to the absence of spending-happy travelers from the United Kingdom. It remains to be seen how this will affect the economies and labor markets of the respective countries.
#Brexit consequences for travel 5: New roaming charges
The EU regulates more in its member states than you might think! A very important and, above all, very topical area, especially for travelers, are the roaming fees that are charged for the use of mobile phones during a stay abroad.
For several years now, the European Union has been campaigning for these often overpriced prices to be reduced and ultimately to be abolished entirely. Since May of this year, the cost of using mobile phones has been gradually reduced in all EU member states until the roaming charges are finally to be abolished completely in the summer of 2017.
This is of course a real relief, especially for business travelers, but it's also a great thing for travelers and adventurers like you and me! After all, you can use your smartphone as much as you want without having to worry about high costs!
For me as a travel blogger in particular, this point is of course incredibly important, as I'm almost always online, especially when I'm traveling!
It is currently unclear whether inexpensive or even free roaming will also be possible in the UK in the future. However, since the new European tariffs already apply to non-EU states such as Switzerland or Norway, there is definitely hope that England will also be included in these treaties as such a state.
#Brexit consequences for travel 6: New customs regulations
Further changes will probably come to you in terms of customs. While you as a traveler within the EU currently enjoy relatively high duty-free limits for luxury goods such as alcohol and cigarettes as well as goods and luxury items such as clothing and cosmetics, this could change with the #Brexit in relation to all trips to Great Britain as a destination or departure point.
To what extent is difficult to assess, however, and in view of the long list of changes and new regulations, it is certainly not number 1 on the to-do list of independent England.
But the whole thing also has a small advantage, namely: Duty Free! The tax-free purchase of luxury foods and goods for personal use is only possible if the destination of your trip is outside the EU and since Great Britain will soon finally meet this requirement, you can save a lot when shopping at Great Britain's airports in the future.
#Brexit consequences for travel 7: New regulations for the cleanliness of beaches
As written, the EU regulates quite a few things, including the general cleanliness of the Member States' beaches and coastal areas. But if you think now that English beaches will be full of rubbish in the future, I can calm you down!
After all, it is also in the UK's best interests to keep beaches and coasts clean and the country is likely to have its own policy on this. Because only clean beaches ultimately also attract travelers, which of course also benefits the British economy in the end.
#Brexit consequences for travel: not everything will change!
The UK's exit from the EU may have been unexpected and will certainly bring a breath of fresh air that will be both beneficial and detrimental to the country and the rest of Europe.
However, England will of course not transform into a completely different country overnight. Because what you love about the island nation as a traveler remains absolutely unaffected by #Brexit.
Are you mainly attracted by the rough landscapes, small coastal towns and the polite English hospitality to Great Britain? Are you magically drawn to the endless expanse of the Highlands and the natural beauty of Cornwall? The English streets have been calling your name for a long time to discover the country on a road trip?
Then I can definitely reassure you, because everything that makes Great Britain what it is - the country, the people, the warmth and the ingenious nature - will not change noticeably through #Brexit, at least for the foreseeable future! And the #Brexit consequences for travel mentioned are more minor than serious issues.
So once you have familiarized yourself with the formal changes to come in the UK, your trip to England will remain exactly what it has always been for you: an adventure in a cool country that is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience for you !
Are you planning to travel to the UK in the next few weeks and months? How do you feel about Brexit?
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