‘Brexit’ is the current buzzword that refers to Britain’s exit from the European Union. After a referendum held on 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted not to remain a member of the European Union (the political and economic union of 28 countries in Europe).
Now, almost three years later, the exit negotiations are coming to an end, and the UK and European Union are reaching a draft deal. The negotiations were expected to reach an end on 29 March 2019 but have now between extended to 31 October 2019 – at the latest. The exit may happen sooner if the Government can come to a deal before then. At the moment there is quite a bit of uncertainty around how the final deal will affect trade, migration, and border control. This can be worrying to travellers who have, or are planning on, booking a trip in the near future. As such, we’ve decided to answer the common questions prospective Expat Explore travellers have raised about Brexit.
The entire Brexit ordeal is still very much undecided, and so while many travellers are nervous, there really is no way to tell what’s going to happen until it does. What we do know, is that until such a time as the UK officially exits the EU, not much is changing.
Travellers will still be able to travel through both UK and EU countries, much as before. Whether or not visa, passport, and other border crossing requirements will come in to play for post-Brexit travel is yet to be seen.
At Expat Explore, our top priority is to ensure that our tours run with minimal disruption. Our tours will proceed as scheduled, and we are putting contingency plans in place to prepare for logistical challenges that may arise in the immediate short term after October 2019. This could mean that we might have to partially amend certain itineraries. If this happens, you will most definitely be notified. The one thing you can be sure of is that our team has plans in place for our tours to always run as scheduled. This is our top priority. So you can safely plan your travel after Brexit with us.
We believe that any disruptions at British borders after Brexit it will be temporary. As stated above, these will only affect the tours scheduled to leave or arrive in London in the immediate days after the current Brexit date. We remain hopeful that the EU and UK will come to an agreement before this date and that our tours will not be affected at all.
At Expat, we try hard to keep our prices stable, and as it stands currently, the cost of your booked tour will not be increased.In fact, the safest option when booking any post-Brexit holidays is, arguably, by purchasing travel packages. This is because your trips will be organised by knowledgeable travel experts, and you’ll be able to enjoy your journey without much stress.
You will not likely need to pay more than planned for your flights, and until Brexit goes through, visas are inclined to stay the same. So it is quite safe to say that any travel already booked will not cost you any extra. Holiday prices after Brexit will only become an issue after the exit is actually confirmed, and there is expected to be a transition period anyway. So it should not be a concern to you at this time.
Getting in and out of the UK around October, and in the transition period after that, might be more challenging and delayed. At the moment, major airports in London operate very efficiently because citizens from the EU are able to enter without restrictions. If the EU and Britain part ways, EU travellers will have to join other nationalities in the non-UK citizen queue. Flights that depart and arrive after October may be affected in this way, and if you want to avoid the potential congestion, you may consider amending your flights.
You can also consider flying to a country in Europe as an alternative departure point for your tour. The Expat Explore booking team is available to help you decide what your best options are and how to meet up with your tour group there.
European visa rules and regulations will, for the most part, remain the same. As always, passengers with valid passports and the correct visa(s) will be allowed to travel from London to all countries in and around Europe. Brexit does not have an effect on visa policies of the Schengen Region.
Read more about visa information, here.
There is no reason to be alarmed if you are planning to travel to Europe. All our British travellers are advised to ensure that their passports are valid for 6 months after the dates they travel with Expat Explore. As always, we prompt all our travellers to check all passport and visa regulations before undertaking an international trip. This is no different. No matter which passport you hold, take the time to research visa and passport regulations for any and all borders you will cross in the course of your journey. It largely depends on your country of origin and where you are going.
Find more info on pre-trip planning here.
One thing you won’t have to worry about during and after Brexit is your travel insurance! Our preferred providers, World Nomads, work internationally and they assure their customers that they will still provide valid travel insurance. For insurance to be valid, however, travellers will need to ensure that they have valid passports and follow any other travel requirements. Learn more here.
All our tours to Europe, the UK, and Ireland are still guaranteed to depart from designated departure points in London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Venice (as stated on our website’s Tour Help Section). As mentioned above, if your tour departs or arrives in London, you can consider changing your starting point to Europe, rather than London.
Due to the postponement of the UK’s exit from the EU, the following will stay the same until Brexit is final:
Learn more about these, and other effects of Brexit here.
Europe is still one of the safest places in the world to travel to. It has excellent public transport, cultural diversity and amazing experiences for travellers from all walks of life – none of this has changed. We promise to keep bringing you expertly planned tours to the UK and Europe and will continue to keep you up to date with changes in policies, visas or border controls.
As always, we have your best interests at heart and promise to keep you well-informed on this topic as more information becomes available. If you’ve booked a tour with us, and you wish to speak to anyone on our team about Brexit, please let us know.
We’re happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have and provide you with expert assistance throughout the planning phase of your journey. It’s important to us that you have peace of mind when you embark on your tour of Europe.