27th June 2016

How will Brexit affect your EU travel plans?

EU flag with stars over airplane

The EU referendum, one of the biggest and most talked about political events in Great Britain’s history, has finally been and gone. Unfortunately it’s impossible to do anything other than speculate as to how exactly Brexit might continue to affect the cost of travel at the moment.

While the tough decisions and negotiations are being made, one in six travellers are under the impression that Brexit will lead to a blanket ban on european holidays. However, this is not true. Therefore, it’s clear that we need to make sure that we know as many facts as possible about how Brexit could really affect our travel plans.

Will travelling to the EU become more complicated?

There is a chance that some European countries will require Brits to travel with a visa, but it would remain in many countries’ best interests to maintain ‘easy’ travel protocols because their economies are so dependent on tourism.

UK private jets will be cheaper for European fliers

Bespoke Air Charter brokers with jets both in Europe and the UK. With changes the value of the pound, private jet charters for European fliers booking UK jets will be marginally cheaper, while European jets become more expensive for UK fliers.

David Cameron previously warned that the prices of traveling to the EU could rise by nearly £60, based on the Treasury’s prediction that the value of the pound would fall by 12%. Indeed, mere hours after the referendum results were released, the value of the pound plummeted to a low we had not seen since 1985. However, The Independent alleged that this is false, stating that “Some key elements of every overseas trip are denominated in foreign currency (for example, aircraft and aviation fuel are priced in dollars), but many are not – air crew who are paid in pounds would not get paid more, and Air Passenger Duty will not rise (at least not because of the fall in Sterling).”

Will holiday healthcare become more expensive?

While the U.K. currently enjoys free medical care throughout the EU (through the European Health Insurance Card), Brexit will naturally threaten that. Renegotiations concerning health care for Brits abroad would of course occur, but the result of these negotiations could vary widely from country to country.