It’s indisputable that the European Union has made traveling through the continent much easier for UK citizens. A trip to a country like the USA shows how long it can take to get into a country without the ease of freedom to travel.
But could this all be about to change? With Brexit on the horizon, are we really heading towards a nightmare holiday scenario? Until a deal has been accepted by the British government and the EU, it’s impossible to say for certain. But with the increasing possibility of a no-deal situation, your European Pride adventures could be at threat.
Let’s take a look at how leaving the European Union will affect your European holidays.
1 Will you need a Visa when traveling to another country?
Paperwork isn’t the sexiest way to start a holiday. This is all deal-dependent. If the deal with the EU allows freedom of travel then you won’t have to worry about queues. However, in the event of a no-deal Brexit – or one that restricts travel – then the possibility for long, boring queues are likely.
A document found by Politico from EU Secretary-General suggests that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) should vote on whether Britain is placed on the ‘visa free list’, or list of third countries requiring a visa. Conservative MPs have tried to dispel these fears, saying historical ties to most European countries will allow visa-free travel.
Some countries are allowed to visit EU states without a visa if you’re visiting for less than three months. However, any long term stays in Sitges will then be subject to a visa.
2 Will healthcare and health insurance be more expensive after Brexit?
Yes, having a few too many vodka and cokes at XLSIOR festival might end up costing you a month’s rent. Currently, emergency healthcare is free in every state thanks to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme, which grants you the same medical rights as residents of those states. Countries like Switzerland are members of the scheme, but a no deal situation could leave us out of it.
Which doesn’t matter if you have the right travel insurance, right? Well, that could be a problem too. Without the inclusion of EHIC, premiums on insurance may skyrocket to cover the cost, especially for those with pre-existing conditions.
3 How much will it cost to use my phone in the EU after Brexit?
In 2017 the EU implemented rules that stopped extortionate charges on roaming. Now, loading up Grindr will cost you the same in Berlin as it will in Manchester. However, without those restrictions affecting companies, companies are free to charge British customers more than their EU counterparts.
Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao has recently stated they are ‘unlikely’ to raise the fees, which is promising. There’s still no word from other companies, though.
4 Will the price of my holiday increase?
The price of your holiday has already increased. After the Brexit vote, the pound devalued, meaning you got less Euros for your money. Can it get worse? Yes! A no-deal Brexit is likely to devalue the pound even more, making exchange rates much worse when traveling in Europe.
Foreign exchange strategist Kamal Sharma told The Times the pound would likely crash to $1.10, as investors rushed to sell their sterling assets. So make the most of those cheap inclusive holidays to Gran Canaria.
But the conversion won’t just affect your wallet. As the pound performs worse against the dollar, your flight price will increase too. Oil prices are set in dollars and airlines will have to pass the added cost onto you.
5 Will it be harder to travel?
Ryanair and Luftwasa have already warned of temporarily grounded flights if no aviation deal is reached. In fact, several operators are putting warnings on any tickets bought after September 2018. But if you think driving will get you out of the flying pickle, then you might be in for a shock.
Minorly annoying, your driving license may not be valid on its own, according to the UK government. So you’ll have to apply for a permit before planning your European road trip.
The crossing at Dover is expected to be clogged for days without a comprehensive transport agreement. The government has planned for this eventuality and are in the process of building over-flow lanes for lorries, however, these are delayed and won’t be ready in time for a no-deal Brexit.