Time flies, doesn't it?
It's been over a year since we jumped ship and the UK voted to leave the EU, and were all still none the wiser as to the Brexit timeline or the long-term consequences of leaving Europe. But fret not, dear fans of travel! In our quest to make travel better, weve put together a nifty guide to help you traverse the uncertainty that is Article 50 to make post-Brexit travelling as easy as running through a field of wheat!
Will Brexit affect holiday prices?
Immediately following the referendum, the Stirling fell faster than a lead balloon against both the Dollar and the Euro. Although its recovered slightly, the Stirling is still significantly weaker than it was pre-referendum (something not helped by a politically turbulent 2017).
The bad news?
Brits should expect to pay slightly more on holiday again this Summer (dont shoot the messenger!).
Get ahead of the game and pick up a currency card, such as the FairFX Money Card. Load it up with travel money before you leave, and the exchange rate will be set there and then at the best rate for you. Then you can travel with peace of mind, knowing youre protected from the volatility of the currency market.
What are my travel rights after Brexit?
The law says that package holiday providers, like First Choice and Virgin Holidays, are allowed to increase their prices after currency or fuel prices have increased.
However, the holiday provider has to cover the first 2% of any cost increase, but you may have to pay the additional fee up to 10%. Remember, if the price increases to 10% or higher, you have the right to cancel.
All this can sound a tad daunting if youre currently looking to book your next trip, but the good news is that its highly unlikely that youll be asked to pay a surcharge if youve already paid for your holiday.
At the moment, the EU requires compensation for passengers who face certain travel disruptions. For now, the UK is still part of the EU and British carriers must adhere to these regulations. As soon as the government decide the meaning of 'Brexit means Brexit', it could all change, but we'll let you know as soon as we do.
Going forward, these EU regulations may no longer apply to British carriers. Itll be down to the future UK government to set new rules on passenger rights (itd be interested to see how these would look under a Lord Buckethead/ Mr Fishfinger Coalition!).
Will Brexit affect flight prices?
Currently, all EU members are able to access open skies, meaning that carriers are free to fly between any two points within Europe.
If the UK leaves the EU, this right will need to be renegotiated, as will every route between the UK and the destination country!
Whats more, oil prices are set in dollars. If the Sterling continues to perform poorly, flight prices could rise as fuel becomes more expensive for airlines flying from the UK.
Will Brexit affect travel restrictions?
All countries within the Schengen Zone remain border-free. All European citizens can travel freely within the following countries:
- Czech Republic
Its always worth keeping your passport handy when travelling throughout Europe, as you may be required to prove your right to travel at border crossings or security checkpoints.
The following EU countries require a valid passport when entering or leaving the country:
- United Kingdom
If you are travelling to a country not listed above, you should check the foreign travel advice on the gov.uk website for your destination's current visa restrictions on UK citizens.
Will Brexit affect my mobile roaming/data charges?
Serial Netflix bingers will no longer have to take out a second mortgage to use mobile roaming! As of June 15th, EU roaming charges have been completely scrapped!
It remains to be seen as to whether such luxury can be enjoyed gratis should the UK leave the EU, however its unlikely that mobile providers will be allowed to increase roaming chargers.
Is EHIC still valid after Brexit?
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) guarantees all people living in an EU country entitlement to the same health care as locals when visiting a member state.
A post-Brexit UK would require new, bilateral agreements to be made - but its safe to assume that travel insurance prices could increase.
Having said that, in its current state the EHIC card has its limitations. We would always recommend that citizens of Blighty purchase a comprehensive holiday insurance policy before venturing abroad
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