6 things travellers could be up against after Brexit
The United Kingdom is a popular place to travel to as it offers a variety of attractions. England, Scotland, and Wales are also significantly exceptional places for vacating and offer something for everyone. Although London is one of the greatest cities out there, the mix of vibrant cultures is the key attraction within the UK.
Brexit is the departure of the UK from the European Union. The referendum which took place on June 23rd in 2016, the UK public voted to leave the EU zone and become independent. There have been no set-in stone changes as of yet, however, the divorce date is set for 29th March 2019.
These changes are set to change things on a social, economic and environmental level, affecting anyone with dreams of travelling to the country. It’s important to make sure you’re aware of what may happen….
1) Changes to travel
Whilst there have not been major amendments done on travelling regulations, this is expected to change pretty soon. There are predictions that the free movement of labour is expected is going to end. Not only this, but negotiations may be made on low air-line fares especially with the fluctuation of the pound in place. Therefore, buying tickets through foreign airlines may in fact be more expensive. Look at booking your tickets prior to the March 2019 date.
2) ETIAS visa
Whilst the ‘divorce’ is underway, it is also a possibility that once the divorce is finalised, UK citizens may experience the need to obtain visas when traveling within the EU zone, vice versa. This could potentially reduce tourism in the UK, which in turn would be economically detrimental. If you’re travelling to the UK as part of a European travel adventure you will have to have this to move between borders as well.
3) Longer queues at passport control
Following on from the recent terror attacks in Europe and the occurrence of Brexit in 2016, there has been a focus on a stricter border control and database checks on those, particularly who are not from Schengen countries. Again, this delay has already created chaos with travellers missing flights. So, getting to the airport early is more important than ever, be prepared for the wait and have a portable phone charger.
4) The hostile environment
The Immigration Act 2016 has created a hostile environment which has been implemented in the UK in order to achieve net migration targets. This includes measures such as restricting individuals to housing, benefits, healthcare, and restrictions on appeals to the Home Office. Immigration applications are also steadily increasing to reduce applications and force migrants to leave the UK. This means that Visitors Visas are becoming increasingly hard to come by so having your documents aligned and evidence that you will be returning to your home country before you apply.
5) Skill-based requirements
It is suggested that the UK may impose a skill based system, similar to that from Australia. This will ensure that applicants must meet certain criteria such as having an adequate level of English language, skill assessment to determine if particular skills are in demand in the UK during that period of time, as well as taking health checks. If your dream is to move to England as opposed to just visiting it, you might want to take a look at the Occupational Shortage List and see what roles need to be filled.
6) Planning ahead
Whilst this is not a comprehensive list of everything to be expected prior to Brexit. It is vital for travellers to have a substantial understanding of changes which may occur and be well prepared for stricter requirements. Preparation will always be the key to a successful trip but as Brexit changes the landscape of the country there will be added details such as the flights and the visa you will need to sort out.