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Britain Officially Leaves The EU. What Does Brexit Mean For Your Travel Plans?

By Parker Diakite

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Three and a half years after voters in the United Kingdom decided in favor of a referendum to leave the European Union,  the country is officially independent of the European Communities after a more than 40-year agreement.  

So, what does Brexit mean for travelers?

At least for the next year, there should be little to no concerns for both U.S. and U.K. based travelers as the country enters “a transition period” for the remainder of 2020 with the EU, according to the Brexit Travel Page.

Here’s what else you need to know:

Traveling by Air, Train, Cruise Ships

There will be no impact to direct flights to non-EU countries. According to the Brexit Travel Page, flights will continue as normal and there will be no difference in security screenings during the transition period. 

“Passengers flying from the UK will continue to transfer to onward flights at EU airports without extra security screening. This will also be the case at airports in Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland. There will be no impact to direct flights to non-EU countries,” the Foreign & Commonwealth Office released in a statement.

In addition to travel by air, cruises between the U.K. and Europe, ferries, coach journeys, and train trips, including on the Eurostar and Eurail will continue as normal during the transition period.

But as the UK and EU begin negotiations over the future of their relationship, it’s after the transition period that remains unclear.

There’s a possibility that U.K. travelers may need to apply for a visa to visit some European countries on a longer-term basis to work, study, for business travel, as reported in The Points Guy.  

As for now, if you’re traveling to Europe, even as a U.S. citizen, you can expect your trip to proceed as normal.  Just keep in mind, however, that in the future European travel as we’ve come to know it as easy and somewhat seamless could end in 2021 in a case of a no-deal Brexit.

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