What Britain’s vacationer expects after BrexitNovember 12, 2018
DThe clock is ticking: Great Britain wants to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 – but the negotiations on how to proceed are tough. Nothing is agreed, it is also unclear whether there will be a transitional period and how long it will take. Uncertainty is growing, even among tourists.
Airlines and authorities are preparing for all scenarios – even on a hard Brexit, so an unregulated EU exit. The most important questions for travelers at a glance.
- 1 Is holidaying in the UK more expensive with Brexit?
- 2 Will the entry be more complicated?
- 3 Do EU citizens need a visa?
- 4 Threatens chaos at the airports?
- 5 Do you have to pay attention to stricter customs regulations?
- 6 What about the rights for travelers?
- 7 Do holidaymakers need expensive roaming charges?
- 8 What about health insurance?
- 9 What happens on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland?
Is holidaying in the UK more expensive with Brexit?
On the contrary – probably even cheaper. Already at the announcement of the Brexit decision, the pound fell to its lowest level since 1985, since then, the price has barely recovered. So you get more pounds for less. Experts believe that the trend could continue, also because Brexit weighs on the British economy.
Will the entry be more complicated?
Border controls have already existed as Britain is not a member of the Schengen Agreement. Tourists must present at least their ID card upon entry. Whether this is sufficient in the future, is not yet clear. Quite possible that the British demand for a passport after the Brexit of EU citizens on entry. Anyone who does not have one yet and wants to visit Britain, would have to apply for one. The fee is € 37.50 for citizens under the age of 24, whoever is 24 or older, pays € 60.
Do EU citizens need a visa?
Not sure for a normal vacation trip. Great Britain will not want to give up tourists from Europe and therefore probably will not introduce a cumbersome visa requirement. More likely is a regulation as in Switzerland, which is also not an EU member: There, EU citizens may stay up to 90 days visa free.
Threatens chaos at the airports?
Experts do not consider this impossible. With Britain’s exit from the EU, the privileges of British airlines in EU air traffic also lose their validity. In a Brexit without agreement, British airlines should not just land in the EU or fly between EU countries.
The International Air Transport Association recently warned of a “nightmare at European and UK airports” when “millions of passengers may be stuck”. According to the specialist magazine “Airliners”, the low-cost airline Ryanair, which has a majority of British shareholders, expects that air traffic could rest for up to three weeks after a chaotic Brexit.
The British government, too – according to a document published at the end of September – believes that disruptions in air traffic are likely in the event of a tough Brexit. British airlines would lose the previously automatic right to land in the EU, they say. The same applies to companies from the EU with destination airports in the United Kingdom. These would have to obtain a permit for flights between Great Britain and the EU beforehand.
The British Easyjet airlines are optimistic: “Consumers, airlines and politicians from the UK and Europe want flights between Great Britain and Europe to continue,” says a spokesperson. “We remain confident that even in the event of a blackout. In any case, provision has been made: in order to be able to continue to serve EU airports, the airline founded the Austrian airline Easyjet Europe last year and intends to have 180 aircraft re-registered there this year. These may then also connect routes within the EU.
According to the British consumer magazine “Which”, it is also unclear whether the EU and the UK will recognize each other’s airport security systems. If it does not come to that, passengers would have to change again through the security check, which would significantly extend the transfer time.
Do you have to pay attention to stricter customs regulations?
That is conceivable. “The customs administration is preparing intensively for the consequences of the withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU,” says a spokesman for the General Customs Directorate. If there is a no-deal Brexit, the UK would be without privileged partnership or free trade agreements with the EU. “This would mean that goods from the United Kingdom would have to be cleared under customs law like other third-country goods”, comparable to, for example, gifts from the United States.
For example, you can take a liter of whiskey home from Scotland for a vacation without any customs formalities or taxes. Because so high are the indicative quantities for spirits within the EU (for further stimulants they are for example 20 liters for sherry). Other goods, such as art or antique furniture, are generally not subject to any restrictions within the EU.
If the UK becomes a third country, far fewer travel allowances would apply. You should then not have more than a liter of whiskey duty-free in the suitcase. Above all, one must pay attention to other goods that their value does not exceed 300 euros, ship and air travel 430 euros.
But then you could buy tax-free again in the duty-free shop at the London trip – but here too, the travel allowances should not be exceeded, you want without taxes by customs. In the case of a no-deal brexit, he expects a nationwide additional workforce of around 900 workers. If Britain remains in the Customs Union, there will be no duty-free shopping, but the consumer-friendly upper limits will continue to exist.
What about the rights for travelers?
The rights to passengers and passengers could also be affected by Brexit. For example, the EU Guidelines will guarantee air travelers compensation for delays or cancellations when traveling within the EU, leaving the EU or entering the EU. What will become of these rights is still unclear.
It is possible that the UK will continue to comply with such regulations. For example, Iceland and Norway also offer the same passenger rights as non-EU members because they belong to the European Economic Area (EEA). However, a separate British agreement with the EU would also be conceivable.
Do holidaymakers need expensive roaming charges?
On a UK holiday, you can quickly call home or post pictures on Facebook – at the moment this usually costs no more than within Germany, as the often extremely high roaming charges in 2017 within the EU were abolished.
Whether this will continue to be so favorable in the UK after Brexit is not certain. Ideally, many providers will allow their customers to stay attractive to them. For example, the European tariffs of several mobile service providers also include states that are not part of the EU, such as Switzerland. It is worthwhile in any case, to ask the provider.
What about health insurance?
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will remain valid until the UK leaves the EU, confirms the European Consumer Center Germany. With this card, insured persons can go to the doctor during their holiday in the United Kingdom. However, it must belong to the National Health Service – then take over the health insurance, the cost of medically necessary care.
If the British stay after the Brexit in the European Economic Area, the European Health Insurance Card should continue to be accepted. If not, the insurance cover for Britain vacationers is eliminated. In this case, the conclusion of a private health insurance is recommended. For the privately insured changed by the Brexit nothing.
What happens on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland?
Currently, German visitors only need a valid ID card or passport when entering the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. There are no border controls between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on the island. All border facilities along the 360-kilometer line were abolished as a result of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, a Tourism Ireland spokeswoman said – the agreement ended a decade-long terrorist fight and civil war between Catholics and Protestants. Tourism Ireland is responsible for tourism promotion across the Irish island across borders, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
According to the Irish embassy in Berlin, there would be no change in the event of a possible transitional period for travelers: “No border controls will be set up.” The Irish hope that the relations between the two countries will be so close afterwards that nothing will happen after this transitional period will change. “For the Republic of Ireland, border controls are not an option” – even in the event that there is a Brexit without a deal.
How this can be achieved without an agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom is, however, unclear and remains one of the biggest issues. Because with a hard Brexit would be the invisible dividing line between Ireland and Northern Ireland to the EU’s external border. Hard to imagine how could be monitored without border controls.
Source : Welt