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Brexit – What it means right now for people travelling abroad

As the shock of UK’s decision to leave the European Union is still sinking in many people are wondering how this is going to effect them when travelling.

Some effects will be more long term as it will take at least two years for the UK to leave the EU. Others will take effect immediately for people travelling.  Here is a list of things you should know if you are travelling at the moment or in the near future.

Currency

At the moment UK currency is at an all time low and has not been at this level since 1985. If you were ever planning to travel to the UK  for a holiday now is the time to do it. If you have already planned to travel to the UK this year and are getting Sterling, as they say on the stock market BUY BUY BUY!!

If you are living in the UK and are travelling abroad this year the cost to your holiday is going to dramatically increase.  You are not going to get the same bang for your buck as you had in the past when travelling to places in Europe or the USA.

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Passport applications

Because of the threat of Brexit passport applications particularly in Ireland have increased two fold. Now Brexit has actually happened waiting times to get a passport will increase even further. Many passport offices are also reporting a shortage of application forms due to the high demand. The current waiting time is between 4-8 weeks especially if it is a first time application. If you are planning on travelling abroad anytime soon, apply for your passport immediately.

 

travelling in the future 

It is unknown at present how travelling is going to be affected by Brexit in the future there has been some speculation as to some of the issues that may occur.

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Flight prices.

As there are a lot of cheap flight companies that utilise the free travel system in Europe such as Easyjet and Ryanair at present. These flight prices may increase in the future as there will be higher charges for travelling from the UK to EU states.

London is often used as a layover for many flights travelling through Europe. If flights now need to re-route to go to an alternative EU country, this may increase many long-haul flights also.

Travel Visas

There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether a UK citizen will need a visa to enter the EU and vice versa. Due to previous agreements regarding travel between the Republic and the Northern Ireland. I believe once as you enter into the island of Ireland, this is not going to be an issue but yet, I think this may become difficult for other countries. Until some sort of deal has been reached with the EU this remains uncertain.

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Mobile Phone Roaming charges.

The EU has spent a great deal of time trying to reduce the cost of phone charges while abroad in the EU.  Free Phone roaming charges are going to come into effect in 2017. The UK will now be excluded from this deal once as it leaves the EU. The UK will have to make up its own deal with phone companies in the UK to bring this change about in their county.

Health Care

In the EU the is an agreement called European Health Insurance which any citizen can avail of if travelling in any EU state. If you have not gotten this already I urge you to do so. You can click on the link for it here.

This agreement will no longer apply for the UK however, the UK have health agreements with 16 different countries including Australia and New Zealand. Make sure you check out if your country applies before you travel.

 

Everything for people travelling to or from the UK is still quite unknown at present. It will not unfold fully until an agreement has been made with the EU over the next number of months. Hopefully, this  change will not affect holidaymakers significantly.

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