What does the Brexit mean for your summer holiday?
Last week Britain voted in favour of leaving the European Union, a move which left many Brits worried about their financial situation and travelling with Europe. If you’re concerned about your summer holiday and future travel plans, here are the facts.
Where can I travel now?
Although we have voted to leave the EU, very little action will happen immediately, as it could take years to negotiate our departure. Plus, EU rules states that all legislation will remain in place up to two years after a country exits the Union. (This means the EU flight delay compensation scheme should also remain in place for now.)
The availability of flights should also remain the same, but some prices could increase because any added costs for UK airlines would have to be passed on to customers in the form of inflated travel costs.
Do I need a visa to travel in Europe now?
It is not clear whether a visa may be necessary to travel within Europe in the future, but for now you will be able to travel as normal with just your passport.
What about my passport?
Current UK passports are emblazoned with ‘European Union, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’ across the front, but this does not mean that your passport is automatically invalid. Keep calm and await further instruction from the Government, but until then assume your passport is fine to travel with (as long as it is in date!).
Can I still use my EHIC under the reciprocal health agreement?
As mentioned above, legislation should remain in place for the next two years, and within that time we will hopefully be able to negotiation our own reciprocal health agreement with Europe as Iceland and Norway have done in the past. When travelling within Europe make sure you carry a valid EHIC in case you need medical treatment, as it will ensure you receive free or discounted treatment.
Will holiday costs go up?
As touched upon above, we may see the cost of flights increasing for UK airlines such as EasyJet and British Airways, but there could also be an impact on exchange rates and holiday package costs. On the day the results of the Brexit vote were announced, the pound dropped its lowest level against the US dollar for 31 years, meaning that exchange rates became much less favourable. Not only meaning that you’ll get less spending money, but things like meals and drinks within resort will be that little bit more expensive.
If you’ve already paid for your holiday you shouldn’t be affected by the weaker GBP, but if you haven’t you should check with your tour operator or holiday company to see if your payments may have to change.
If you’ve booked a package holiday and they confirm that your payments will have to change, check your terms and conditions, as the maximum surcharge by law is up to 10 per cent of the original cost of the holiday.
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