As a British traveler, you’ve always looked forward to that summer vacation. It’s the one chance you have to get away from that sober, chilly weather. However, summer holidays for the average UK citizen may never be the same again, thanks to Brexit.
Ever since the PM triggered Article 50, the rules and regulations concerning international travel for UK residents have been undergoing drastic changes. As the UK enters a new phase, travelers can expect to see plenty of changes with regard to their passports, ticket prices, and borderless travel. Here are a few key changes that travelers will soon have to deal with.
It was sometime in 1995 when travelers were first introduced to no-frills flights. Naturally, this led to a boom, with major layers like Ryanair and EasyJet making the most of the budget-friendly market. Cheap flight tickets became a possibility, thanks mainly to the EU’s removal of outdated bi-lateral limitations on air service agreements Now, with the Brexit, a fresh bunch of agreements will have to be drafted. Without these agreements, operations will only become harder for budget-friendly carriers.
Up until now, British passports had to have “European Union” displayed on the covers according to policies instituted by the EU. However, things are going to be quite different henceforth. Though there may not be any alterations to the validity, the statement on the front will likely undergo changes.
Brexit will establish UK as a separate country, which means it won’t be a part of the EU anymore. That automatically establishes borders between the UK and the countries that are still part of the European Union. Travelling to countries like Spain or France won’t be as easy as it once used to be. For instance, British travelers will now have to stand in the non-EU queue, which will substantially increase the waiting time.
This is one of the good things to come from Brexit. Initially, British holidaymakers weren’t eligible for duty-free purchases in EU countries. However, with the UK now exiting the EU, travelers will have the luxury of being able to make duty-free purchases.
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
The EHIC allowed citizens of the EU to enjoy similar public health benefits, irrespective of which country they originally hailed from. For example, if a British person were to unexpectedly fall sick in France, he/she would have been eligible for state-provided healthcare.
However, that might not be possible anymore. Though discussions concerning the EHIC are still going on, things aren’t looking too bright. What’s worse is that, if British travelers lose EHIC eligibility, they could be looking at higher travel insurance premiums.
This is probably the most upsetting news of all. Higher flight delay/cancellation compensations were possible because of an EU directive mandating it as part of UK law. However, that won’t be the case anymore. As a result, you could be looking at lower compensation rates. That isn’t even the worst part. Claiming compensation will also become harder as British travelers might be forced to go to court to claim compensation in another country.