Brexit. Just about everyone is talking about it. But what does Britain’s historic decision mean for travelers visiting Europe?
While Brexit will likely bring few, if any, noticeable changes for travelers visiting Britain from the U.S., here are some things we’ll be keeping an eye on as the situation unfolds.
Budget Airfare …
Budget carriers make it easy for travelers to fly from the U.K. to other European destinations such as France, Spain and Italy. The current Open Skies air agreement in place for EU countries has resulted in increased air routes and lower fares. With Britain exiting the European Union, they will likely have to negotiate new air service agreements. This could potentially result in higher airfare down the line, but most likely only for flights from the U.K. to Europe.
The pound began a steep decline after Britain announced its decision to leave the EU. While this isn’t great news for U.K. residents traveling abroad, it does mean that visiting the U.K. just became cheaper for American travelers.
Initial reactions to the Brexit announcement indicated that up to a third of European citizens would be less inclined to visit the U.K. after its EU withdrawal. But don’t expect to see Buckingham Palace without the crowds anytime soon. London is one of the world’s most popular cities and will continue to be a dream destination for many.
To Sum It Up
Brexit will affect travel between the U.K. and Europe, as new passport and visa regulations will likely be rolled out. Still, these decisions are yet to be determined and won’t put a damper on summer travel in Europe. Brexit will have little impact on travel for U.S. passport holders but the dollar will likely go further. That means shopping and dining out on vacation just got cheaper. Finally, with an estimated timeline of approximately two years for the exit to take place, the transition will be a gradual one. We’ll be sure to update you on any important developments as they unfold.