Brexit was an unexpected event for many, including those in Britain. What started out as a vote that the world forgot soon turned Europe and the UK on its head, causing concern for those living across the pond and for travelers headed that way. While Brexit has affected travel in several ways, it has leaned toward a positive thing for American travelers. Here are some things that you might notice on your next journey to Europe.
No More Borderless Travel: Flying through Britain and the EU
While these changes won’t go into effect immediately, they are something travelers are going to want to keep an eye for in the future. When Britain had a partnership with the EU, it was easy to journey from one to the other because of budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet (both based out of the UK). However, we might start to see new rules placed on where these flights can go and whether or not prices will go up for those flying from the EU to the UK.
Currency: Good Time to Travel
The immediate concern for many travelers was whether or not prices would go up. While the Euro spiked at first because of investors looking into the EU market, both the British Pound and the Euro will likely flatten out at a reasonable rate over the next few months. With airline prices already at an all-time low, this is a good time to travel and to look into deals.
Citizenship: British and EU
Formerly, it was possible for EU citizens to move to Britain without a problem and vice versa. While there are no formal rules in place yet, this will definitely be a discussion that is bound to come up within the next few weeks. Expect restrictions and a defined number on who is allowed in the country and who is not in order to work.
Customs: Longer Lines
You might expect to wait longer in customs lines now. With the Schengen plan in place, EU travelers could often bypass American travelers when entering Britain (or British travelers could pass Americans when going into Europe). This means that all European, American, and other international travelers could get lumped together in one line—creating more and more delays in and out of the UK.
Overall, only time will tell how this change will sift out for those looking to head to Europe within the next few months. In the meantime, be prepared to be flexible and to avoid flights through Britain if you are headed to the EU.