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5 Things for travellers to consider post-Brexit

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5 Things for travellers to consider post-Brexit

When it comes to explaining how travel in Europe from the UK will be affected by Brexit only one this is certain: no one knows for sure yet.  National newspapers have speculated on how things might change but until the negotiations are complete, it is impossible to tell for sure.  It’s likely that things like passport control and health care abroad will change after Brexit and the fall in the value of the pound has already made travelling in Europe slightly more expensive.  Here are some of the ways people from the UK could possibly be affected by Brexit when travelling in Europe:

1. Passport Control

At the moment, there is minimal fuss for UK citizens travelling in the EU as we hold EU passports but this will likely change after Brexit.  The good news is that it’s unlikely that we will instantly need to apply for new passports which don’t have the words European Union on them but, according to The Independent newspaper, it is likely that people from the UK may face security checks like those imposed by the US to travel to the EU.  These include things like finger printing and questions related to health and previous criminal convictions in addition to needing to register your details online for pre-clearance before travelling.

2. Duty Free Goods

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Leaving the Customs Union could see the return of Duty Frees.  Since 1999, UK citizens travelling to other EU countries have not been able to buy tax-free goods like cigarettes and alcohol but this may change after Brexit.  The only possible downside to this is tighter restrictions may apply to how much alcohol or tobacco non-EU citizens may be able to buy which would put an end to the so-called ‘booze cruise’ which involved travelling to France to stock up on cheap alcohol and bringing it back to the UK.

3. Health Care

Currently, the European Health Insurance Card scheme means that people from the UK travelling in Europe Union member states can receive healthcare in a similar way to a national citizen of that country.  Most treatment is free but some fees are involved in some countries for things such as prescription medication.  When the UK leaves the European Union, this scheme will no longer apply and no one can say for sure yet what, if anything, will take its place.

4. Mobile Phone Roaming Charges

The EU recently scrapped mobile phone roaming charges for member states which meant a huge reduction in mobile phone bills for people travelling within the EU.  If this will still be in place for UK citizens after Brexit is not yet known.

5. Working Holidays

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The Telegraph newspaper reported that they suspect UK residents who want to undertake seasonal work in the EU will find it harder to do so after Brexit.  Currently, it is straightforward for someone from the UK to take on casual work for short periods of time to fund travel around Europe as no visas or work permits are required, but it is possible that this will change after Brexit so more bureaucracy will be needed and might be too much hassle for short periods of work.

Whatever happens with Brexit, it is highly unlikely that people from Britain will stop travelling to Europe and its possible that very little will change when it does happen.  Either way, it hasn’t happened yet so anyone who wants to take advantage of the current rules while they can will find we have a wide range of insurance cover they need to make the most of their trip.

Louise Boxall

Louise Boxall

Louise has 10 years experience in Travel Journalism, Blog Writing and Research in the Travel Insurance sector. Louise’s goal is to provide interesting, informative articles on subjects we know will interest our customers.

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