What does Brexit Mean for the travel industry?
As a small, independent travel agency, Travel With Jules will always look after our clients as best we can whatever is happening in the world and would like to reassure you that at the moment things are still very much ‘business as usual’. If you have booked any future holidays with us you will always have financial and consumer protection. See our website footer for our accreditation and legal links.
Sadly, today’s news has already seen several people who had not yet booked for 2017 cancelling their forward holiday plans with us. Before making any snap decisions, below are some guidelines from ABTA which should answer your questions, but if you are in any doubt please get in touch with us and we will hopefully reassure you and help you to book the right holiday when you are ready.
Obviously, there will be some changes to the world of travel, particularly within Europe. But much really depends on what happens to the value of the pound so it is very hard to speculate at this early stage whether ‘Brexit’ is good or bad for the travel industry.
The underlying message from ABTA is that until the UK officially leaves the EU (not sooner than two years’ time), there will be no changes to holiday arrangements.
Below are some commonly asked questions as presented to the travel industry today via ABTA:
Brexit most commonly asked questions – Q&As:
How will Brexit affect my holiday? Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no changes to holiday arrangements. Travellers are as free to move between the UK and the EU as they were before the vote, European Health Insurance cards remain valid and regulations such as Air Passenger Rights remain in place.
I’m going to Europe this summer, is my passport still valid? Yes. Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no changes to passports.
I’ve booked a holiday for next year – do I need to do anything? No. Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no changes to holiday arrangements.
Do I need to get a new passport? No. Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no change to passport arrangements.
Which queue will I go into at the airport – EU passports or all others? The same queue as you did before the vote. Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no change to passport arrangements.
Do I need a visa to go to Spain? No. Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no change to passport arrangements.
What about my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)? You can still use your EHIC card abroad. There will be no immediate changes to using your EHIC card abroad. Arrangements between the UK and other EU countries will have to be reached once the UK officially leaves the EU.
Can I still get compensation if my flight is delayed or cancelled? Yes. There will be no immediate changes to claiming compensation if your flight is delayed or cancelled. The UK Government will need to implement a new law on compensation for flight delays and compensation after we leave the EU.
What about duty free? Can I still bring goods home? You can still bring home unlimited goods until we officially leave the EU. The free movement of goods will be part of a negotiated settlement with the EU.
What about using my mobile phone abroad? Will roaming charges increase? There will be no immediate changes to using your phone abroad, and there won’t be an immediate impact on charges. The UK Government will need to implement a new law on roaming charges after we leave the EU, otherwise the service providers will be free to set roaming charges.
Can I still take money out from cash points abroad? Yes, you can continue to take out cash, as normal.
Will it be more expensive to go on holiday abroad? Not necessarily. If you are travelling abroad and you have already paid for all of your travel arrangements, as part of a package holiday for example, then you will be protected to a large degree from a drop in the value of the pound. However, your spending power while abroad will be impacted in the event of a weaker pound, making it more expensive to buy things like meals and drinks.
What does this mean for the price of my holiday abroad? If you are travelling abroad and you have already paid for all of your travel arrangements, as part of a package holiday for example, then you will be protected to a large degree from a drop in the value of the pound. People paying for overseas accommodation in other currencies (e.g. in euros or dollars) can expect to pay more in the event of a weaker pound.
Will the cost of flights increase? A weaker pound may impact the cost of flights in the short term, in the longer term the UK Government will seek to negotiate full access to the EU’s common aviation market, which has delivered the open skies arrangements we have today.
My travel company has asked me to pay more for my holiday due to the currency fluctuations. Is that ok? Check the terms and conditions of the organiser that you’ve booked with. If you’ve booked a package holiday this is covered by certain rules: the maximum surcharge by law is up to 10% of the original cost of the holiday. If you haven’t booked a package, you should check the terms and conditions of your travel arrangement.
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